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Raptors Seek First Series Win Since 2001

Kyle Lowry Soloman Hill

The Toronto Raptors find themselves in unfamiliar territory ahead of Friday night’s Game 6 matchup with the Indiana Pacers. The Raps, who have only one playoff series win in franchise history (2001), hold a 3-2 series lead and can close out Indy with a victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Shark Bites
  • The Pacers are 0-5 SU in their last five games on Friday.
  • The Raptors are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games with a closing total of 195.0 or less.
  • The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games after an ATS loss.

Indiana led by 15 late in the third quarter of Game 5 but got outscored 25-9 in the fourth to lose a heartbreaker north of the border. The nine-point output is the worst quarter in playoff history for the team. Toronto’s strong finish came with three reserves on the court, as Bismack Biyombo, Cory Joseph and Norman Powell all played a large part in the surprising victory.

Favored teams continue to be a poor bet when these squads collide. In the last six meetings between the Eastern Conference foes, faves are a measly 1-5 ATS. Indiana, who opened as 2-point faves, have been much better in this spot. The Pacers are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five as chalk of two points or less.

Pacers superstar Paul George said he would be willing to play 48 minutes in the tilt, but he won’t lobby head coach Frank Vogel to do so. Vogel received a ton of criticism for taking George out at crucial times in Game 5, allowing the Raps to thrive with the forward on the bench.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Indiana Pacers as -2.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 196 earlier at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 101-97 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.

Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Toronto Raptors have seen them go 58-28 and 46-39-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Indiana Pacers are at 47-40 and 45-42 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Pacers are 37-49-1, while the Toronto Raptors are 43-42-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Indiana vs Toronto injuries news.

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

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Indiana's No. 13-rated NBA squad against Toronto's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Indiana rates No. 18 in the league with 8.08 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 15 with 8.52 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
  • Toronto is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Indiana
  • Indiana is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Indiana is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games
  • Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

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Toronto home to Indiana, Sunday, May 1st

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