Date/Time: 01-06-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -3
In this all-Eastern showdown between two teams sitting on the top-3 places of the conference, the Indiana Pacers, who have won six straight and want to extend that streak, are visiting the Toronto Raptors, who are coming off a big road win against the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Pacers are 26-12 so far in the league and are sitting on the 3rd place of the Eastern Conference. They have won their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Chicago on the road in overtime, 119-116. Raptors are 29-12 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Eastern Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Milwaukee on the road, 123-116.
Top Basketball BookmakersIndiana are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 20.2 ppg. He also adds 6.3 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 5.4 per game, while Bojan Bogdanovic follows with 16.2 ppg, adding 3.9 rebounds per game. Domantas Sabonis adds 14.9 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 9.6 off the bench. Toronto are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27.2 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 per game, while Serge Ibaka follows with 16.1 ppg, adding 7.4 rebounds per game. Pascal Siakam adds 15.1 ppg and 6.5 rebounds.
This will be the second meeting between those two teams this season with Toronto having won the previous one at home by 3 points. Toronto are 15-4 at home, while Indiana are 12-7 on the road. Toronto have a better offense with 113.2 ppg to Indiana’s 107.8, while Indiana have a better defense, allowing 101.4 ppg to Toronto’s 108.1. Indiana have a better accuracy both from the field (48.1% to 47.4%) and from behind the arc (37.2% to 34.1%). They also dish more assists per game (25.5 to 23.8), while Toronto are better in rebounding (45 to 43.8) and commit fewer turnovers per game (13.1 to 14.4). Indiana have been hot lately and they will get away with the road victory one way or another today.
Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Indiana Pacers +3 (-109)