Pacers at Raptors Game 7 - 5/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (48-40) at Toronto Raptors (59-29)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -6.5 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday night for game seven at the Air Canada Centre.
The Indiana Pacers have not lost in the first round of the playoffs since the 2010-11 season. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 95.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 92.8 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 27.5 points and 6.8 rebounds while George Hill is averaging 12.7 points and 2.2 assists. Monta Ellis is dishing 3.8 assists and Myles Turner is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 27.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last 10 road games.
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The Toronto Raptors have not advanced past the first round of the playoffs since the 2000-01 season. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 92.8 points on 39.5 percent shooting and allowing 95.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 15.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 11.3 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.2 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 27.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Pacers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Pacers are 9-23 ATS in the last 32 meetings in Toronto and 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall.
This series has been a pain in the behind to cap because both teams have decided to take nights off when you least expect it. It's been a rollar coaster for six games and you don't know who has the advantage here. When that's the case I like to side with the points, especially when the team getting the points has the better player.
Don't love this game but if forced to pick, I'd take the Pacers and the free buckets.