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Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Indiana Pacers -2.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FSIN, TSN
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The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Toronto Raptors look for a statement win after winning eight of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 113.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.6 points and 7.9 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.4 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last six road games.

The Indiana Pacers look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 109 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 19.2 points and 5.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 16 points and 4.1 rebounds. Domantas Sabonis is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won six of their last seven home games.

The Raptors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Pacers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Indiana. The over is 9-3 in Pacers last 12 overall. The over is 7-3 in Raptors last 10 overall.

The Toronto Raptors have won each of the last five meetings against the Indiana Pacers, but I can't back them without knowing if Kawhi Leonard or OG Anunoby are going to play. And even if they played, the Pacers and the small chalk is probably the way to go anyway. The Indiana Pacers have won 10 of their last 13 games and are winning by an average of 12.4 points in their last five games. At home this season, the Pacers are winning by an average of 9.5 points. Despite all their success, it feels like the Pacers are still fighting for respect in the East. A win here would be a nice step to getting some love. I'll lay the bucket with the home team.

Pick:
Indiana Pacers -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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