Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/16/16 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (45-37) at Toronto Raptors (56-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers face off on Saturday as the NBA playoffs get started.
The Toronto Raptors are the number two seed in the Eastern Conference after going 56-26 during the regular season. The Raptors are averaging 102.7 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor while defensively allowing 98.2 points per game and their opponents are shooting 44.4 percent. DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors averaging 23.5 points per game. Kyle Lowery is averaging 21.2 points and 6.4 assists, Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 9.1 rebounds, and Terrance Ross is averaging 9.9 points per game. The Raptors are 32-9 at home and they beat and covered the spread against the Pacers in their last two meetings.
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The Indiana Pacers are 45-37 this season and that lands the at the number seven seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Pacers are averaging 102.2 points per game and they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 100.5 points their opponents shoot 44 percent. Paul George leads the Pacers averaging 23.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Monta Ellis is averaging 13.8 points, George Hill is averaging 12.1 points, and C.J. Miles is averaging 11.8 points. The Pacers won the first meeting of these two teams this season by 16 points.
Toronto is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, and 5-2 against the spread against the Eastern Conference. Indiana is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 15-3 against the spread on two day’s rest, and 2-6 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Indiana is 7-22 against the spread in their last 29 games in Toronto.
This is a good matchup and while I see this one being somewhat defensive the total seems over aggressive to the low side so I will take the under with my free pick.