Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (58-28) at Indiana Pacers (47-40)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:33 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -2 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers do battle tonight in Game 6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Raptors were able to take a 3-2 series lead with an inspirational 102-99 comeback win over the Pacers on Tuesday. Kyle Lowry shot just three of 11 for his 14 points while Jonas Valanciunas had just 11 points with four turnovers, but luckily the Raptors had DeMar DeRozan who had been struggling this series but snapped out of it to pour in a team-high 34 points on 10 of 22 shooting. As a team, the Raptors shot just 40.2 percent from the field and six of 26 from the 3-point line, but the key to this victory was defense and the Raptors were absolutely impenetrable in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Pacers by 25-9 to flip the script and come out with the win.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers will be livid with themselves as they lost the crucial game despite leading by 15 points after the first quarter. Paul George had a monster game of 39 points with eight rebounds and eight assists, George Hill added 15 points while Myles Turner had 14 but it wasn't enough as the Pacers fell to pieces in the fourth quarter and finished with their lowest scoring quarter of the season. In the most dramatic of finishes, Solomon Hill looked to have made the three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, but after video review, the refs waived off the basket as the ball was still on his fingertips with time expiring.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss, while the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss.
Head to head, the Raptors are 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall and 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Indiana.
The Raptors will be full of confidence after escaping Game 5 with such a crucial win but I had this series going to seven games from the start, so I'm expecting the Pacers to come out firing and finish with the win behind a big night from George when it's all said and done. Take Indiana to win Game 6 by single digits in a low scoring affair.