How To Bet On The Toronto vs Indiana NBA Spread

Posted by Aaron . on April 14, 2016 in

The Toronto Raptors take on the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals this year. Their series opens Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm Eastern in Toronto, on ESPN. The Raptors won the Atlantic Division and hold the #2 seed, while the Pacers hold the #7 seed. During the regular season, Toronto won the season series, 3-1. Find out the updated NBA online betting odds here.

How To Bet On The Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers NBA Spread

Why should you bet on Indiana to win?

Paul George is the Pacers’ hope in this series. He averaged 23.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, so if he goes nuts on the inside, Toronto could suffer. Inside he is joined by Ian Mahinmi (9.3 points, 7.1 rebounds) who is an underrated presence on the board. George has returned in fine form from that grotesque leg injury, but the Toronto defense is likely to key on him, opening opportunities for the rest of the team. That means that Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles will have to step up their games offensively, and Myles Turner will have to find that form he had near the All-Star game. Even so, the Pacers are facing a team that has not won a playoff series in 15 years.

Why should you put your money on the Raptors to win?

Toronto definitely has the better roster in terms of talent, with DeMar DeRozan leading the way with 23.5 points per game, just ahead of Kyle Lowry’s 21.2 points. DeMarre Carroll has returned from knee ailments to key the defense, although he will have limited minutes. Terrence Ross joins DeRozan and Lowry in prowess shooting from behind the arc, and they should be able to run circles around the Pacer offense. Jonas Valanciunas will have to be disciplined inside, so that he avoids foul trouble and can control the boards against the Pacers. Indiana has lost 21 games this season when they were either behind or ahead by three or fewer points in the last minute of regulation, the most in the NBA, which should give Toronto momentum down the stretch.

Expert Pick and Final Series Prediction

This year’s version of the Toronto Raptors is the real deal. I like them to figure out how to control Paul George fairly early and close out the series. I’m picking Toronto in five.