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Pacers host Raptors in basketball action

Toronto RaptorsIndiana Pacers
2-3November 08, 2013, 07:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse5-0

The visiting Raptors hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Pacers.

Indiana battles the Raptors, currently with a 2-3 mark (1-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 1-4 for the Pacers and 2-3 for the Raptors. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Pacers as -8.5-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 187, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pacers at No. 8 and the Raptors at No. 16 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 95-84 result in favor of the Pacers.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 92-90 loser as they battled the Bobcats on the road. The Raptors failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Rudy Gay scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Raptors to victory (they lost 92-90 to Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday).

Indiana won its last outing, a 97-80 result against the Bulls on November 6. The Pacers covered in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 177 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Indiana got 21 points from Paul George en route to a 97-80 victory over Chicago on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 22-ranked offense (95.4 PPG) against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 6 at 95 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 45.09% from the field per game, more than the Raptors have managed so far this season (43.42% on average).

A few Raptors at Pacers trends to consider:
Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
Toronto is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games
Indiana is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Utah, Saturday, November 9th
Indiana at New Jersey, Saturday, November 9th