Raptors vs. Pacers - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (38-44) at Toronto Raptors (49-37)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, TSN
The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors open their season Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre.
The Indiana Pacers look like a different team than years past, and head coach Frank Vogel’s job is likely on the line this season. With no more David West or Roy Hibbert, Indiana will rely on a trio of Paul George, George Hill and Monta Ellis. Those three give the Pacers a fighting shot in the East, but it’s going to take others to prevent back-to-back seasons without a playoff spot. Center Ian Mahinmi should be in for his best season yet now that’s he the full-time starter for the first time in his lengthy career. The Indiana Pacers also have a couple of interesting, young players in Myles Turner and Joseph Young, guys who should see playing time right away. Jordan Hill is questionable with a back injury.
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The Toronto Raptors can clinch a playoff spot for three straight seasons for the first time since the Lenny Wilkens’ days. The Raptors are pretty much the same team they were last season besides the monster addition of DeMarre Carroll and the bench booster of Luis Scola. The Raptors again will be led by their trio of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. Those guys combined for an average of 50 points per game last season and are the heartbeat of the Raptors. For the Toronto Raptors to really take that next step, they need guys such as Anthony Bennett, Bismack Biyombo and Terrence Ross to provide quality minutes off the bench. The Raptors could get very sloppy with the ball and go in serious scoring droughts due to a lack of overall depth. If the Raptors can get help from their bench, they can be a very dangerous team in the East this season.
The Pacers are 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Pacers are 7-20 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Toronto and 18-37 ATS in the last 55 meetings overall.
I'm not sure what to make of the Pacers, as this team is completely different than what they've been in the past. The Raptors have stablity and got better with Carroll and Scola. Add the fact Toronto is at home, and I'm eating the reasonable chalk in this one.