Raptors vs. Pacers - 12/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (7-15) at Toronto Raptors (16-6)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -9 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, TSN
The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors meet Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Indiana Pacers have lost six straight games despite being as healthy as they’ve been all year. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 93.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and are allowing 97.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Rodney Stuckey leads Indiana with 12.7 points and 2.8 assists while Roy Hibbert is averaging 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. David West is grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game and Chris Copeland is shooting 37.1 percent from the field. The Indiana Pacers are just a brutal offensive team with no Paul George on the court, as they’re shooting just 41.6 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. No matter how well the Pacers rebound or play defense, it’s tough to win in this league when the offense consistently struggles.
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The Toronto Raptors have split their last eight games and are still the top squad in the East. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 108.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and are allowing 100.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry leads Toronto with 20.1 points and 7.5 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 13.9 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game and Terrence Ross is scoring 11.9 points. The Toronto Raptors are starting to struggle defensively without DeMar DeRozan, as they’re allowing 106 points on 47.6 percent shooting in their last five games. The Raptors have allowed 100-plus points in nine straight games, a number that has to improve if they’re truly going to be a title contender. Still, the Raptors are 10-3 SU at home, one of just five teams with double-digit home wins.
The Pacers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Pacers are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Toronto and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
This should be the game where the Raptors get back on track defensively and win in convincing fashion. I just don't trust this Pacers team, as they continue to come out flat and struggle offensively. Look for Toronto to win by double digits.