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Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/1/14

Indiana Pacers (24-5) at Toronto Raptors (13-15)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors +5 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds


The Toronto Raptors host Paul George and the Indiana Pacers to bring in the New Year.

Head to head, the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and 7-17 ATS in the last 24 meetings in Toronto while the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Pacers on the other hand are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 21-7 ATS in their last 28 games overall, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.

Please note this article was written after the Pacers home win over Cleveland but before the Raptors play the Bulls. Regardless, I wouldn't pick Toronto even if they beat Chicago by 40+ points because I think it should just be a rule not to go against Indiana until they give us a reason too.

Not only are the Pacers 25-5 on the season after their 91-86 home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday, but they have also won 10 of their 14 road games to date. What's more impressive, Indiana is 11-3 against the spread in those 14 games, which is right up their with the Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns as the best teams at covering the spread away from home.

The Toronto Raptors are currently the fourth best team in the Eastern Conference and they have actually been the fourth best team since trading away Rudy Gay, winning seven of a possible 10 games. The Raptors have been just as impressive against the spread as they have covered the number in all seven wins, while failing to cover in all three losses. Two of those losses came against the San Antonio Spurs however, a team with a record of 24-7. The other defeat came in overtime against the Charlotte Bobcats, a surprisingly good road team this season, from a betting stand point anyway.

It wouldn't surprise me to see Toronto cover and even win here, but I'm not game enough to go against Indiana at this point in time. They are a top three team in the league and more importantly, they are a covering machine....

Dan’s Pick: Indiana -5

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Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/1/14

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