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Pacers vs. Raptors - 3/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (45-21) at Indiana Pacers (36-31)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Sportsnet One, FSMW

The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers square off Thursday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Toronto Raptors look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 103 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 98.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.8 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.8 points and 6.5 assists. Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.4 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last eight road games. Jonas Valanciunas is questionable with a hand injury.

Pacers vs. Raptors - 3/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Indiana Pacers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 101.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 23.4 points and seven rebounds while Monta Ellis is averaging 14.5 points and 4.7 assists. George Hill is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Rodney Stuckey is dishing 2.4 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won seven of their last 11 home games. Ty Lawson and C.J. Miles are questionable.

The Raptors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games. The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana and 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall. 

Not sure why the Pacers are the favorite when they play very inconsistent ball, and the Raptors have been the best team in the East for a while. I'll take Toronto and the free bucket.

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