Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:54 AM
Pacers at Raptors Preview
By Kevin Rogers
Straight Up (SU), Against the Spread (ATS)
Betting Odds Breakdown
Toronto opened as a 5-point home favorite with a total of 219.
The Pacers (33-23) dropped six consecutive games prior to beating the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks in the final game before the All-Star break. Indiana is still 14 games behind Milwaukee for the top spot in the Central division, while settling into the sixth playoff position in the East, seven games ahead of Brooklyn.
The Raptors (41-15) had their 15-game winning streak snapped in a road loss to the Nets before the All-Star break, but rebounded nicely in a 118-101 triumph over Phoenix on Friday as 8.5-point favorites. Toronto owns a 1.5-game edge over Boston for first place in the Atlantic division, but the Raptors are 6.5 games behind the Bucks for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Indiana has won two straight games since the six-game skid, capped off by Friday's 106-98 victory at New York to avenge a home loss to the Knicks on February 1. However, six of the last eight wins for the Pacers have come against teams owning losing records.
Toronto is in the midst of a 16-1 run the last 17 games, which includes eight consecutive wins at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors limited the Suns to 6-of-34 shooting from three-point range on Friday, while Pascal Siakam paced the defending champions with 37 points and 12 rebounds.
Indiana captured the first matchup at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in overtime on December 23 in a 120-115 victory as 5.5-point favorites. The Pacers squandered a 10-point lead as the Raptors played without Siakam, while Indiana had six players finish with double-figure scoring.
The Raptors defeated the Pacers twice in a three-day span in early February, starting with a 119-118 triumph as 5.5-point home favorites on February 5. The Pacers squandered a 15-point halftime lead, while getting outscored 16-4 in the final 3:32 of regulation. Toronto topped Indiana on the road two nights later, 115-106, marking the third 'over' in three matchups this season.
Inside the Stats (Home/Away)
Points Per Game:
Indiana 109.7 (109.4)
Toronto 113.0 (116.9)
Indiana 107.4 (108.5)
Toronto 106.5 (108.4)
-- Indiana 14-13 SU, 16-11 ATS
-- Toronto 22-7 SU, 18-11 ATS
Situational (One Day of Rest)
Both these teams have excelled with only one day between games this season as the Pacers own a 24-13 SU and 22-14-1 ATS mark, while the Raptors are 27-6 SU and 23-10 ATS.
Indiana owns an impressive 7-1 ATS record in its last eight road games with one day of rest, although only one of those wins came straight-up in the underdog role. Since losing at home to Boston on Christmas, the Raptors have posted a perfect 6-0 SU/ATS mark in their past six home contests on one day of rest.
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Betcha Didn’t Know
For as good as the Raptors have been at home this season, the last time they covered consecutive contests at Scotiabank Arena came on December 14 and 16 against Brooklyn and Cleveland, respectively. Toronto has played four sets of back-to-back home games since then and have gone 1-1 ATS each time. <!--
NBA Expert Picks – Tony Mejia
Indiana opens the second of its season-long three five-game road trips in Denver and must be ready to face a challenging back-to-back since it will play in Salt Lake City on Martin Luther King Day. I believe his is going to be the Pacers’ best chance to grab a win given that they haven’t prevailed on the second night of a back-to-back in each of their last four tries. At first glance, this spread is awfully surprising given the venue and it’s clear that the books don’t expect the Nuggets to overcome the absence of point guard Jamal Murray, shooting guard Gary Harris and forward Paul Millsap. Best Bet: Indiana-->
VI Prediction Tool
The VegasInsider.com Prediction resource gives an edge to either team in eight specific categories listed above and there are instances where both clubs receive a positive edge (). Depending on how you weigh the below factors could provide more reason to fade or follow those teams in your wagers.
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Total Talk (Over-Under)
Indiana: 30-25-1 (Away, 14-13 Over)
Toronto: 30-25-1 (Home, 17-12 Over)
The Pacers have hit the 'over' in nine of the last 13 road games, while cashing the 'over' in eight of the past 11 contests overall.
The Raptors nailed five consecutive 'overs' at home prior to Friday's 'under' against the Suns. Toronto is riding a 7-2 'over' run the last nine games against Eastern Conference foes.