Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/1/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (12-10) at Toronto Raptors (13-7)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers pay a visit to the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on Friday night.
The Indiana Pacers have been in pretty strong form as they’ve won seven of their last 10 games but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting blown out by the Rockets in a 118-97 loss on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young led the team with 23 points, Victor Oladipo added 19 points with five assists while Myles Turner and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 points each. As a team, the Pacers shot 47 percent from the field and seven of 28 from the three-point line but they left themselves too much ground to make up after getting outscored in the third quarter by 35-22 to trail by 18 points entering the fourth quarter. With the loss, Indiana dropped to 12-10 on the season and 6-6 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have won six of their last eight games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after beating the Hornets by 126-113 on Wednesday. Kyle Lowry led the team with a season-high 36 points on 12 of 18 shooting, DeMar DeRozan added 30 points with six assists while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Raptors shot 53 percent from the field and 14 of 32 from the three-point line as they dominated the first half by 71-52 to set up the easy win, but to be fair, the Hornets were playing without their leading scorer in Kemba Walker who was out with a shoulder injury. With the win, Toronto improved to 13-7 on the season and 7-1 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points, 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the Raptors are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a win of more than 10 points and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall but just 10-25 ATS in the last 35 meetings in Toronto.
The Pacers were playing some of their best basketball of the season so their blowout loss looks more like just a bump in the road of what has been a strong stretch of play. However, the Raptors have been in even better form and they've been rock solid at home this season, so I'm going with the hotter team in this one. Give me the Raptors to pull away late and win this one by double digits.