Indiana at Toronto NBA Odds Analysis
On Tuesday night, Toronto hosts the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Pacers embarrassed the Raptors on Saturday night, 100-83, to bring the series level at 2-2, in a rivalry that was supposed to be relatively one-sided but has proven to be much different. Find the updated NBA lines here.
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors NBA Odds Analysis
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:00pm Eastern time
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The Fan Toronto
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Indiana?
It hasn’t been that long since Ian Mahinmi was a reserve center for the Dallas Mavericks who would get a couple of big blocks and dunks a game but couldn’t play consistently enough to rate more consistent court time. He has certainly turned the corner now, as he put in 22 points (as did George Hill), alongside Paul George’s 19 to rout the Raptors in Game 4. If you watched Game 3, you saw a very passive Pacer squad that was not hitting the boards and was not playing much defense at all. In Game 4, they took the ball away as many times in the first 20 minutes of the game as they did in all 48 minutes of Game 3, and their hot shooting from downtown (5 of their first 7) got the crowd ignited. If they can get off to a similar start in Game 5, they can silence that Toronto crowd and cruise.
Why should you put your money on the Raptors?
The Raptors rely on Jonas Valanciunas’ effort inside, but in Game 4, he only pulled down six boards, a series low. He is likely to show a lot more fire back on his home court. Both of Toronto’s star guards, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, struggled to find their shots, and Lowry even fouled out with 4:41 remaining in regulation. DeRozan only scored eight points and didn’t make it to the free throw line once, a sign that he is taking too many jump shots instead of attacking the rim. Toronto has righted its ship before this season and certainly has the talent to do it again.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think Toronto will watch the film and learn from their mistakes. I’m predicting a 100-91 Raptors win in Game 5.