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Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/8/13

Toronto Raptors (2-3) at Indiana Pacers (5-0)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds


The Indiana Pacers look to stay extend their perfect start to six wins when they take on the Toronto Raptors tonight.

Things could not be going much better for the Pacers who come into tonight on the back of a fifth straight win after taking down the Bulls by 97-80 on Wednesday. Paul George led the way with a game-high 21 points, David West scored 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Roy Hibbert was a force on the defensive end, grabbing 10 rebounds and five blocks. The win leaves the Pacers as the lone remaining undefeated team, but it wasn't all smooth sailing as they had to fight back from a terrible second quarter where they totalled just 12 points. On the defensive end they played well to hold the Bulls to just 35.6 percent shooting from the field and on the offensive end, it was Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson who combined for all 12 points in a match winning fourth-quarter run.

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Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/8/13

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On the other hand, the Raptors have lost three of their last four games and are coming off their toughest loss of the season, a 92-90 defeat at the hands of the lowly Bobcats. Trailing 92-90 with just 27 seconds left in the game, the Raptors inexplicably chose not to foul the Bobcats on the last possession which left them no time for a last-gasp shot once they grabbed the rebound. Rudy Gray continued to struggle from the field, finishing with 20 points but missing 13 of 21 shots, while Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points and 10 rebounds but played just 28 minutes because coach Dwane Casey decided to bench the talented center in the fourth quarter. The Raptors are really struggling and their upcoming schedule won't help either as they play the Jazz, Rockets, Grizzlies, Bulls and Trailblazers over the next seven days.

In ATS trends, the Raptors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against teams with winning records and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games.

The Raptors and the Pacers split four meetings last season but I expect this season to be one way traffic in Indiana's favor. The Pacers have simply been on a roll and I can't see a way where the struggling Raptors snap the streak tonight. Playing at home, I'm picking the Pacers to win and win comfortably tonight.

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