Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, Canada

When: 7:30 PM EST, Sunday, January 6th 2019

How (TV/Radio): NBATV, Fox Sports Indiana, and SN1 | Sportsnet 590 The Fan, 1070 The Fan/107.5 FM

Indiana Pacers

Head Coach: Nate McMillan {All-Time 593-538 | SEA, POR, IND}

To this point the Indiana Pacers are having a stellar season. With a record of 25-12, the Indiana Pacers are currently ranked third in the Eastern Conference.

Currently on a five-game win streak, the Indiana Pacers are 8-2 in their last ten matches. While their competition on their five-game win streak hasn’t been the most stout in the NBA, it is clear that the Pacers are a cut above the competition below them in the table.

The Indiana Pacers lost their last meeting with the Toronto Raptors after holding a 17-point lead. They will surely want to redeem that performance with a win over the Raptors, seeing as their opponent will be coming off of a back-to-back.

Toronto Raptors

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 28-12 | TOR}

The Toronto Raptors are in an essential tie with the Milwaukee Bucks, with a record of 28-12. After an incredible start to the season, going 22-7, the Raptors have split their last ten games 5-5.

Coming off of an embarrassing loss to the San Antonio Spurs on the road, the Raptors will be taking on the Indiana Pacers on the second half of a back-to-back with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Danny Green acknowledged that the Toronto Raptors have bad habits that need to be remedied before it becomes too late in the season. They started the season well, but an incredible amount of injuries and a season-long cold streak from three-point land has cooled off their great start.

What’s At Stake?

The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers have met a number of times over the history of their franchises. In 86 matches, the Indiana Pacers hold the lead in the all-time series over the Toronto Raptors 47-39.

With a win, the Toronto Raptors would gain a slight step on the Milwaukee Bucks. However due to the difference in matches played the teams would maintain their first place tie.

Just three games back from the Toronto Raptors, the third place Pacers would grow to just two games back from the Canadian team for second in the East.

Questions to answer

Can the Pacers prevent a repeat of their last meeting?

What can the Raptors do to remedy their shooting?

We are going to compare the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Pacers gave up a lead last time out

In their last meeting against the Toronto Raptors the Pacers put on three quarters of stellar play to take down the Raptors. Unfortunately, it took only one quarter for the Toronto Raptors to take back the lead and win the match.

Domantas Sabonis didn’t have a match in their last game. Neither OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam could contain Sabonis, but come the second half the Pacers went away from him offensively.

The Toronto Raptors will be more equipped as a roster for this match. In their last meeting they lacked Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas. Banking on the fact that the Raptors may very well have two of those three back, the Pacers will have a greater problem on their hands this time out.

The Toronto Raptors have fallen to 25th in three-point percentage

It’s been the story of every Toronto Raptors loss and even some of their wins. The Toronto Raptors struggle to hit from three-point range. The Raptors only maintain three players who shoot above the league average of 36%. Two of those players are on two-way contracts with the Raptors 905, their G-League affiliate.

Over recent games, the Toronto Raptors have attempted a slightly different approach to getting their shooting back. Overall the Toronto Raptors have moved to first overall in field-goal attempts and fourth overall in three-point attempts.

Shooting their way back in is a viable option for the Toronto Raptors. They are a team of skilled shooters who have merely gone through a wildly mutual cold streak. The team still generates open shots, they just fail to convert on them. They will hope to get their rhythm back now, or else the trade deadline may lead to the Raptors shaking up their roster.

Indiana Pacers Roster Notes

G Aaron Holiday (illness) was questionable for their Friday game against the Bulls and is questionable to take on the Raptors.

C Myles Turner (face) was questionable for his match against the Bulls and will be questionable to take on the Raptors.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

G Kyle Lowry (back) did not play on Thursday against the Spurs, despite participating in a full shoot around. He will be a game time decision.

C Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) will miss at least another 3-4 weeks, as per Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

Head-to-Head: Kawhi Leonard vs Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo

19.6 PPG | 5.5 APG | 6.3 RPG | 1.8 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.4 TOV | .430 FG% | .350 3P%

Kawhi Leonard

27.1 PPG | 2.9 APG | 8.0 RPG | 1.6 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.1 TOV | .499 FG% | .356 3P%

Victor Oladipo and Kawhi Leonard present a matchup of two of the Eastern Conference’s best wings. Both leaders of their teams and essential to their clubs playmaking and success, this head to head encounter between All-Stars will be thrilling to watch.

After missing ten games, Victor Oldaipo has returned to the Indiana Pacers with varying results. He has generally maintained a positive PER in each game back, but his usage has decreased in an attempt to maintain the teams success when he wasn’t with the squad. With All-Star weekend coming up, a statement win for the Pacers will certainly boost his stock.

Kawhi Leonard has been fantastic for the Toronto Raptors so far this season. After an emotional game against the San Antonio Spurs, there seems to be a weight off of the former Finals MVP’s shoulders after a friendly encounter with former coach Gregg Popovich. He’s been an incredible isolation option for the Toronto Raptors, but the team needs to generate offence as a whole if they want to get back on track. Don’t think Leonard will pump the breaks though, he’s still in a contract year and has so far proven himself to be one of the leagues best three players.

Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Toronto Raptors favoured over the Indiana Pacers by 2.5, with an over/under of 109.