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Pacers vs. Raptors - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (39-27) at Indiana Pacers (30-35)

NBA Basketball: Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSN, FSMW

The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers meet Monday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Toronto Raptors need a win after losing five of their last six games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 18.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.3 points and 6.9 assists. Louis Williams is dishing 1.9 assists and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors continue to drop in the East standings due to sloppy play, and they’re coming off a loss to the Trail Blazers in which they allowed 52.3 percent shooting from the field. If the Raptors don’t start playing better fast, they’re in serious danger of falling to the fifth seed or worse.

Pacers vs. Raptors - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Indiana Pacers look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 96.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and are allowing 96 points on 43.2 percent shooting. George Hill is averaging 14.5 points and 4.7 assists while Rodney Stuckey is averaging 13.1 points and 3.2 assists. C.J. Miles is shooting 38.2 percent from the field and David West is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are playing their best ball of the season and find themselves currently in the seventh seed in the East. The Pacers are allowing just 38.4 percent shooting from the field in their last five games and have won nine of their last 10 games when allowing less than 100 points.

The Raptors are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Pacers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Raptors are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Indiana and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.

These two teams are heading in different directions. The Pacers have to be the pick here, even more so with Toronto playing on Sunday. 

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Indiana Pacers -5

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