Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

 

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The Toronto Raptors will travel to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday night to take on the Indiana Pacers. These teams played on Sunday night and the Raptors pulled off the 107-102 win on the road. Toronto is 7-9 on the season while Indiana is 9-7. These teams are really close statistically so it will be a fun game.

This should be a very interesting matchup after these teams faced off 24 hours prior to tip-off against one another. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Raptors and Pacers to determine where we should be placing our wagers.

Freddie Leading the Charge

The Toronto Raptors have been leaning on point guard Fred VanVleet this season to get the offense going. He is averaging 18.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 35.9 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 40.2 percent from the floor, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 85 percent from the charity stripe. In the last game against the Pacers, VanVleet played 41 minutes and finished with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal, and three blocks. If he can put up a better shooting performance against the Pacers, he will be able to make this a closer game.

The Indiana Pacers have been playing average team defense to begin the year as they are the eighth-ranked defense by giving up 111.3 points per game, which is tied for 16th in the league. In their last game against the Pacers, they allowed 107 points on 37-of-90 (41.1 percent) from the floor, 15-of-35 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc, and 26 free-throw attempts. If the Pacers can figure out how to repeat this defensive showing, they will be in excellent shape.

Guard Up

The Indiana Pacers have been dependent on point guard Malcolm Brogdon to carry the offensive load this season. He is averaging 22.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.6 steals in 36.7 minutes on the court. He is shooting the ball well as he is 46.5 percent from the floor, 42.3 percent from deep, and 90.9 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Raptors, Brogdon played 38 minutes and finished with 12 points, five rebounds, five assists, a block, and a steal. If he can figure out a way to be a little more productive in this game, it will do wonders for the Pacers.

The Toronto Raptors have been solid on the defensive side of the ball to begin the year as they are giving up just 108.7 points per game, which is 7th in the league. In their last game against the Pacers, they allowed 102 points on 35-of-87 (40.2 percent) from the floor, 13-of-39 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and 22 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to replicate this defensive showing once again, they will be in a great position to win this game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Indiana Pacers should be able to pick up a win here and split the two-game set with the Toronto Raptors. The Pacers are a solid team with a good amount of scoring options in Miles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and others. Toronto isn’t playing extremely well and should be able to cover the spread at home in this game.

Prediction:
Indiana

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The defense has been talked about so let’s look at the offense. The Raptors are averaging 110.5 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting while the Pavers are averaging 113.3 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting. They shoot the ball effectively and should score more than they did on Sunday with knowing what defenses are going to do. Go with the OVER in this game.

Prediction:
OVER