Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
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The Toronto Raptors travel south to Indianapolis, IN on Monday for a game against the Indiana Pacers in but first must face the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. In their last game, the Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards by the score of 122-118. Kyle Lowry led the way for Toronto on offense as he scored 26 points while shooting 7 of 14 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free throw line. Lowry was also the leader in assists for the Raptors as he recorded 9 while playing 41 minutes in the game. Serge Ibaka was the leading rebounder for the Raptors as he pulled in 10 on the night, including 1 offensively.
With the win against the Wizards, the Raptors are now 20-8 on the season, which places them in 1st place in the Atlanta Division. Pascal Siakam leads Toronto in points per game on the season with 25.1. Siakam also leads the Raptors in rebounds per game with 8. Fred VanVleet leads Toronto in assists per game as he is averaging 7.1. Toronto enters Monday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Stanley Johnson, Matt Thomas, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are all listed as out.
The Indiana Pacers welcome the Toronto Raptors to town on Monday, but first must face the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday in a battle between two teams from the Eastern Conference. In their last game, the Pacers defeated the Sacramento Kings by the score of 119-105. T.J. Warren led the Pacers in points with 23, while shooting 10 of 16 from the field. T.J. McConnell led the Pacers in assists on night with 8 while playing a total of 22 minutes against the Kings. Domantas Sabonis led Indiana in rebounds in the game with 9, including 3 coming offensively.
With the win against Sacramento, Indiana moved to 20-9 on the season which places them in 2nd place in the Central Division. Malcolm Brogdon leads the Pacers in points per game and is scoring 18.7 points per game. Brogdon also leads the Pacers in assists per game with an average of 7.5. Domantas Sabonis has led the Pacers in rebounds per game so far this season as he has averaged 13.2 per game. Indiana enters Sunday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb are listed as day to day.
The Toronto Raptors have scored an average of 112 points per game while allowing 105.9 points per game on the year. The Indiana Pacers have scored an average of 109.4 points per game this season while allowing 104.2 points per game. In their last 5 games, Toronto is 4-1 and have won 4 games in a row while as of Sunday, Indiana is 5-0 and have won 5 games in row. Although Toronto has won 2 of the last 3 meetings between these two teams, I am going to go with Indiana in this one as with the absence of Siakam, Toronto is missing a key piece at both ends of the court and it allows Indiana to try and escape this one with a win. Indiana wins 110-102.