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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Toronto Raptors||+2.5 -109||TBA||+112|
|Indiana Pacers||-2.5 112||TBA||-137|
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The Toronto Raptors looked strong in their first outing and that was without the contributions of Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry. Even if the Pacers improve their shooting, the Raptors look to defensively sound to drop another.
Toronto Raptors to Win (+112)
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|Raptors vs Pacers Information|
|What||Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers|
|Where||Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana|
|When||7:00 PM EST, January 25th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TSN, Fox Sports Indiana|
|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Indiana Pacers|
|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Nate Bjorkgren|
|7-9 (9th in East)||Standing||9-7 (4th in East)|
|110.3 (15th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.8 (9th of 30)|
|108.6 (8th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.7 (14th of 30)|
|100.1 (17th of 30)||Pace||100.0 (18th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|F. Vanvleet (18.9)||PPG||M. Brogdon (22.5)|
|P. Siakam (8.1)||RPG||D. Sabonis (12.5)|
|K. Lowry (7.1)||APG||M. Brogdon (7.2)|
|O. Anunoby (2.0)||SPG||T. McConnell (1.8)|
|C. Boucher (2.3)||BPG||M. Turner (4.1)|
|P. Watson (.750)/P. Siakam (7.1)||FG%/FGM||D. Sabonis (.554)/M. Brogdon, D. Sabonis (8.5)|
|P. Watson (.667)/F. Vanvleet (3.2)||3P%/3PM||C. Stanley (.500)/M. Brogdon (2.9)|
Once again the Toronto Raptors play at one of the fastest paces in the NBA. Not only does it suit their personnel, but against the Pacers, they can take advantage of their opponent’s weaknesses.
The Pacers are one of the few teams in the NBA to play two traditional big men with Sabonis and Turner. With an undersized Raptors team, Toronto chose to push the break and find opportunities against transition without Indiana’s giants troubling them.
What the Raptors must be wary of is the rebounding battle. Despite coming out with a win, they were out-rebounded 45-47. If the Pacers start finding a rhythm in the paint, Toronto will need to adapt their game plan.
The Indiana Pacers made their way to the top three of the Eastern Conference table with gritty defense and concentrated team play on the offensive end. Neither of those characteristics were seen in their recent loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The star pair of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner combined for 22 points on a dreadful six of 32 shooting from the field. Brogdon accounted for 22 of the Pacers’ attempts, despite only making five field goals.
If the Pacers hope to even this season series, they need to find better production from their stars.
OG showed up & showed out
30 Pts | 8 Reb | 5 Stl | 4 3pm pic.twitter.com/c7eAWsMTGY
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 25, 2021
With Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam unavailable in their last outing, it was the newly extended OG Anunoby who stepped up his game in the Hoosier state.
The former Indiana University product put up 30 points, eight rebounds, and five steals on nine of 16 shooting from the field. His four three-pointers were a difference-maker in this match.
There will be a watchful eye on Anunoby in the second match of this back-to-back, so it will be a test of Anunoby’s distribution skills and how he handles pressure this time out.
6️⃣ more swats for the @NBA‘s block leader @Original_Turner ✋? pic.twitter.com/Wn1RsEI9Rn
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 25, 2021
One of the few bright spots for the Indiana Pacers in their last match was Myles Turner. The fifth year forward is having one of his best seasons ever.
Turner is averaging 13.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game on 48.9% from the field and 30.5% from three.
Against the small-ball Raptors, Turner can do much more to expose his opponents in the paint. As he was mostly guarded by Stanley Johnson or OG Anunoby, Turner has a clear advantage in the post.
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