Two of the three best Eastern Conference squads are clashing today, when the Indiana Pacers (40-28), are hosting the conference leaders Toronto Raptors (50-17), with both teams being extremely hot and streaky lately and looking for a victory that will strengthen their current playoff position. Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-15-2018, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers +3.5
Pacers have a 40-28 record (39-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the East. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Sixers with a 101-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 23.6 ppg, adding 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 14.2 ppg, while Miles Turner adds 13.8 ppg and 7 rebounds per game.
Raptors have a 50-17 record (39-28 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the East. They have nine consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Nets with a 116-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 23.6 ppg, adding 34 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He is followed by Kyle Lowry with 16.4 ppg, 5.6 rebounds and a team high 6.7 assists per game, while Serge Ibaka adds 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rebounds per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season, each team won at home (Raptors by 5 points and Pacers by 3). Pacers are 23-12 at home so far this season, while Raptors are 22-12 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring a third-best 112.3 ppg to Pacers’ 105.9 and defensively, allowing 103.4 ppg to Pacers’ 104.3. Pacers on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.52% to Raptors’ 47.07% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.06% to Raptors’ 35.53%. Raptors are better both in rebounding, grabbing 43.8 to Pacers’ 42.4 and in assists made, with 23.9 to Pacers’ 22.1. It is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give the Raptors a -3.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat those odds as Pacers will get away with the home victory just like in the previous Indiana matchup.
Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers +3.5 (-109)
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