Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (42-36) at Toronto Raptors (51-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors do battle at the Air Canada Center tonight.
The Pacers have won six of their last nine games and they'll be aiming for a fourth straight win tonight after taking down the Cavaliers in a 123-109 win on Wednesday. Paul George led the charge with 29 points on 10 of 17 shooting, CJ Miles added 21 points, while Ian Mahinmi and Solomon Hill added 15 points each as the Pacers took full advantage of a Cavaliers team playing without their leader in LeBron James who was rested for the game. Still, it was quite an impressive win and a crucial one as the Pacers improved to 42-36 on the season which puts them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a half-game lead over the Pistons.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won three of their last five games but looked pretty flat in last night's 95-87 loss at Atlanta. Kyle Lowry had 16 points with six assists but shot just six of 15 from the field, while DeMar DeRozan also had 16 points on seven of 24 shooting as the Raptors were outplayed and out-hustled by a hungrier Hawks team. Despite the loss, it wasn't all bad news for the Raptors as DeMarre Carroll was able to make his return to the court after missing 41 games which is a major boost to the team.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600 and 0-6 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss.
Head to head, the Pacers are 19-39 ATS in the last 58 meetings overall and 7-21 ATS in the last 28 meetings in Toronto.
The Raptors have opened as underdogs in their own building so expect one or two starters to be rested for this game. With that being said, I'm leaning towards the Pacers to win and cover in this one as they've been in fine form lately, but be sure to check the starting lineups before tipoff.