Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/4/14
Indiana Pacers (52-23) at Toronto Raptors (42-32)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers take a trip to the Air Canada Center tonight to battle the Toronto Raptors.
The Pacers have lost five of their last seven games but will be breathing a little sigh of relief after snapping a three-game skid with a win over the Pistons on Wednesday. Paul George returned to form in fine fashion, leading the way with 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists while David West added 15 points to lead the Pacers past the Pistons by 101-94. Though the win wasn't a blowout like it probably should have been, the Pacers will be delighted with their offense as they topped the 100-point mark for the first time since Mar 15. when they last played the Pistons.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won four of their last five games and will be going for a fourth straight home win after taking down the Rockets by 107-103 on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with a game-high 29 points on 10 of 19 shooting while the defense held the high-scoring Rockets to 41 percent shooting, but the real x-factor was Greivis Vasquez who stepped into the starting lineup and added 15 points and eight assists for the injured Kyle Lowry. To be fair, the Rockets were without three of their usual starters, but with Toronto even with Chicago in the Eastern standings, they'll take any win they can get.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games following a win and 4-23-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall, while the Raptors are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Pacers are only 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 7-18 ATS in the last 25 meetings in Toronto.
I'm leaning towards the Raptors in this one, but I'll have to see the line before I can make my prediction.
You'd think that the Pacers should be able to win this one by double digits but I'm just convinced they're back to their normal selves yet.