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Raptors are a Fantastic Bet in Indiana

Jonas Valanciunas Monta Ellis

The Toronto Raptors exorcised some postseason demons by topping the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, but there’s still plenty of work to be done as action shifts to Indianapolis. The Raptors snapped an ugly seven-game losing streak in the 98-87 victory to even things up at one game apiece.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Raptors' last five games with a closing total of 193.0 or less.
  • 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 5-1 SU in their last six games.

More good news for Raps backers: Canada’s lone NBA club is excellent at cashing tickets in Indiana. The Dinos are 8-1 ATS in their past nine meetings with the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indy is great at bouncing back, however, as the Pacers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 coming off a loss.

It’s quite clear which two players have been the MVPs for their respective squads so far. Paul George has combined for 61 points in both contests, while Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas has been an absolute beast, notching a playoff career-high 23 points and 15 rebounds in Game 2 after pulling down a franchise-best 19 boards in the opener. The Raps are 14-2 this year when Valanciunas has at least 17 points.

Toronto’s All-Stars need to follow JV’s example. Kyle Lowry has shot 7-for-26, with backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan going 10-for-37 from the field. Reserve guard Terrence Ross is uncertain to play tonight after missing most of the second half of Game 2 due to concussion-like symptoms.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Toronto Raptors listed as -1-point favorites earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 193 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 102-100 win for the Pacers on Thursday. 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 57-27 and 45-38-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Indiana Pacers are at 46-38 and 43-41 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Pacers are 36-47-1, while the Toronto Raptors are 43-40-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Indiana vs Toronto injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 11 (Indiana Pacers) and the No. 6 (Raptors) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Toronto Raptors rank No. 16 in the league with 43.5 per game. That compares with Indiana's No. 12 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Indiana is the NBA's No. 18-ranked team at 8.07 per game, while the Toronto Raptors rate No. 15 with 8.54 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


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

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Indiana, Saturday, April 23rd