With Game 2 of the Toronto Raptors-Indiana Pacers series set to get underway on Monday, one team will be looking for a much better effort while the other will be attempting to keep the train rolling. The No. 7 seeded Pacers, who took Game 1 by a score of 100-90, completely dominated the second seeded Raptors in nearly every facet of the game.
- The Raptors are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite of 7.0 or more.
- The total has gone OVER in eight of the Pacers' last 10 games with a closing total of 193.0 or less.
- The Raptors are 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games after an ATS loss.
A big reason for the Pacers’ triumph was the play of Paul George. Tasked with guarding Raps’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan, George embarrassed DeRozan to the tune of 33 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals. DeRozan could not get anything going on the offensive end either, finishing five-for-19 from the field in his team’s underwhelming performance.
If Toronto is going to even up the series tonight, they’ll need a considerably better performance from their star players. Kyle Lowry also had an off game, going three-for-13 from the field and four-for-nine from the free throw line. It’s going to be interesting to see if Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will lift the minutes restriction of small forward DeMarre Carroll, who’s recovering from a knee injury. If he does, expect the Dinos’ defense to improve tenfold.
The Pacers have traditionally been solid in this spot. In their last nine, Indiana is 8-1 SU after winning as an underdog.