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Will the Raptors Finally Step Up?

The Toronto Raptors’ history of playoff failures could rear its ugly head once again on Sunday. Toronto, who hosts Indiana in Game 7, has exited the first-round in each of the last two playoffs and has not won a postseason series since 2001 - the only victory in franchise history.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the Pacers last 8 overall.
  • The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Toronto is the three-time reigning Atlantic Division champion, but they haven’t played like their normal selves in this series. The Raps have been extremely hot and cold, which is a metaphor for the up and down play of backcourt combo Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Facing elimination, Indiana did not look afraid in Game 6 and blew out Toronto 101-83 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George has stepped up his play in the series, averaging 27.5 points. DeRozan is at 15.8 - nearly eight below his season average - as he’s shot 32.1 percent from the field.

As a franchise, Toronto is 0-2 in Game 7s while the Pacers are 3-4 and most recently won on in the first-round against Atlanta in 2014.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Toronto Raptors installed as -6.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 190.5.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 101-95 result in favor of the Raptors. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Raptors are 59-29 so far on the NBA season, and 46-41-1 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Indiana Pacers, meanwhile, are 48-40 and 46-42 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Toronto go 44-43-1 and the Pacers go 37-50-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Indiana injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Toronto Raptors at No. 6 and the Indiana Pacers at No. 11 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Toronto's No. 16-ranked offense (102.03 PPG) against a Indiana Pacers defense that ranks No. 7 at 99.93 PPG. The Toronto Raptors have averaged 44.7% from the field per game, less than the Indiana Pacers have managed so far this NBA season (44.9% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Indiana is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Indiana is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games on the road
  • Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games
  • Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

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