Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (46-37) at Toronto Raptors (56-27)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors will be looking to level the series with the Indiana Pacers tonight in Game 2.
The Raptors will be eager to level the series after dropping Game 1 to the Pacers by 100-90 on Saturday. Cory Joseph led the team in scoring with 18 points on five of six shooting off the bench while Jonas Valanciunas added 12 points and 19 rebounds before fouling out after just 21 minutes, but the Raptors simply needed much more from their starting backcourt duo who were great throughout most of the regular season. DeMar DeRozan finished with 14 points but shot just five of 19 from the field while Kyle Lowry committed a game-high six turnovers and shot just three of 13 for his 11 points.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers will be feeling pretty good after stealing home-court advantage with a solid win in Game 1. Monta Ellis had a nice game of 15 points with five assists and three steals while Solomon Hill added 13 points off the bench, but in a tightly contested game, it was Paul George who was the difference as he poured in 17 points in the third quarter to finish with a game-high 33 points to go along with six assists, four steals and two blocks. Overall, it was a great win for the Pacers who seemed to have carried on their great form from the latter stages of the regular season.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games, while the Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Pacers are 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and 8-22 ATS in the last 30 meetings in Toronto.
The Pacers did well to steal Game 1 thanks to a massive night from George, but I fully expect the Raptors to come out with a real sense of urgency and level the series with a solid win tonight. I'm not too sure about the Raptors covering the spread, but the ATS trends are certainly one-sided in favor of the Raptors.