Indiana at Toronto NBA Odds Analysis
On Saturday afternoon, the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers open the playoffs with Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal game. The Raptors won the Atlantic Division to earn the #2 seed, while the Pacers came in with the #7 seed. The Raptors actually had a shot at the conference’s top seed until the last night of the regular season, when Cleveland beat Atlanta to win the conference. Find out the updated NBA online betting spread here.
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors NBA Odds Analysis
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12:30pm ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The Fan / TSN Radio 1050 Toronto
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Raptors?
The Raptors did not have much difficulty with Indiana during the regular season. The most recent meeting between the two teams saw the Raptors rest three starters (DeMar DeRozan, Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry) but still roll over Indiana, 111-98, back on April 8. Norman Powell stepped up for the Raptors, dropping 27 points on only 11 shots, going 14 for 19 from the charity stripe. Cory Joseph went 6 for 6 to add 18 points on a night when an Indiana win would have clinched a playoff spot. The Pacers did win their matchup in mid-December, when C.J. Miles and Paul George combined to nail nine shots from downtown.
Why should you put your money on Indiana?
The Pacers were using Paul George as their power forward, but they appear to have backed off that strategy significantly. Now Myles Turner or Jordan Hill play the four, unless they start LaVoy Allen. The Pacers also have the enigmatic Monta Ellis in their backcourt, who is just as likely to score 30 as he is to score 6 or 8, depending on his shooting. If George can work some havoc inside against Toronto, and Ellis and Hill can get hot from the outside, then the Pacers should be able to find opportunities against the Raptors.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Toronto has been a terrific home team this season, and I like them to open the playoff series with a statement win. I’m predicting a 104-92 Raptor win in the opener.