Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers Free Betting Prediction January 27th

I was incorrect on my last Raptors free betting prediction as the Raptors (-8) were victorious, but only by 4, 114-110 at home versus Detroit on Sunday. I am now 16-15 in Raptors free betting predictions. Tonight the 29-15 Toronto Raptors travel to Indiana to face the 16-30 Pacers.

(29-15) Toronto Raptors @ (16-30) Indiana Pacers

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Probable starting line-ups:

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – Greivis Vasquez  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – DeMar DeRozan  PF – Amir Johnson

Indiana – Point Guard – C.J. Watson  Shooting Guard – Rodney Stuckey  C- Roy Hibbert  Small Forward – Solomon Hill  Power Forward – David West

Stats Leaders:

Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.6  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.5  APG – Kyle Lowry 7.4

Indiana – Points Per Game – George Hill 14.4  Rebounds Per Game – David West 6.9  Assists Per Game – Donald Sloan 4.5

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Toronto – PF – 105.8 (5th)  PA – 100.8 (21st)

Indiana – Points For (Per Game) – 95.0 (25th)  Points Against (Per Game) – 97.1 (4th)

Overview:

The Toronto Raptors have won 2 in a row and 3 of their last 4 games. On Sunday they notched a 114-110 home win versus the Pistons. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the way with 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting in 35 minutes. He was 8 of 10 from the foul line. He had 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Center Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He was 9 of 15 from the field in 28 minutes. Power forward Amir Johnson scored 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting in 28 minutes. Guard/Forward Greivis Vasquez netted 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting in 24 minutes. He also dished out 7 assists. Point guard Kyle Lowry netted 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting in 37 minutes. He also had 8 assists. Shooting guard Louis Williams chipped in with 12 points on 5 of 12 from the field in 22 reserve minutes. The team shot 53.1% from the field, 33.3% from the 3 point line (5-15), and 79.3% from the free throw line (23-29). The Raptors were out-rebounded 44-37. The team combined to score 63 points in 2nd and 3rd quarters. Toronto is 12-8 on the road this season. Tonight is the first game of a back to back. They are in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. Tomorrow night they are hosting Sacramento.

The Indiana Pacers snapped their 7 game losing skid with a 106-99 victory at Orlando on Sunday. Power forward David West had 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting in 34 minutes. He had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Small forward Damjan Rudez scored 18 points on 7 of 19 from the field in 29 minutes off the bench. Point guard George Hill scored 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting in 20 reserve minutes. He had 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Shooting guard Rodney Stuckey nette 15 points on 6 of 10 from the field in 28 minutes. He also had 6 assists. Center Roy Hibbert had a double-double as he scored 11 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. He was 5 of 12 from the field in 24 minutes. Point guard C.J. Watson chipped in with 11 points on 3 of 7 shooting in 36 minutes. He also dished out 8 assists and had 4 rebounds. The team shot 51.8% from the field, 40% from the 3 point line (8-20), and 66.7% from the foul line (12-18). The Pacers out-rebounded the Magic 47-33. The team had a big 4th quarter as they out-scored their opposition 31-17. Indiana is 8-11 at home this season. Tonight is the start of a 5 game home stand. Their next game is Thursday at home versus the Knicks.   

In their first meeting this season on December 12th Toronto was victorious 106-94 at home versus Indiana. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more time this season, March 16 at Indiana.

Prediction:

The Raptors look to be coming together again after DeMar DeRozan’s return from injury. The Pacers snapped their 7 game skid but I’ll be surprised if they win their 2nd in a row tonight. Take the Raptors -3.5 (1.90) (Bet365)

January 27, 2015 by : Posted in Basketball No Comments
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