Pacers at Raptors Game 1- 4/16/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (45-37) at Toronto Raptors (56-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors play game one of the playoffs Saturday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.
The Indiana Pacers return to the playoffs after coming up short last season. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 102.2 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 23.1 points and seven rebounds while George Hill is averaging 12.1 points and 3.5 assists. Monta Ellis is dishing 4.7 assists and Myles Turner is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won five of their last eight road games. C.J. Miles is questionable with a shoulder injury.
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The Toronto Raptors return to the playoffs for the third straight season. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 102.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.2 points and 6.4 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.1 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four straight home games.
The Pacers are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games. The Raptors are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Pacers are 7-22 ATS in the last 29 meetings in Toronto and 19-40 ATS in the last 59 meetings overall.
This is the season the Raptors likely get the monkey off their back in terms of a playoff series victory. Toroonto is a very polished team and has one of the better home courts in the league. I don't really trust a Pacers team that limped into the playoffs.