I was correct on my last Raptors free betting pick as the Trail Blazers (+2) grabbed a 113-97 win at Toronto last night. I am now 25-27 in Raptors free pedictions. Tonight the 39-27 Toronto Raptors travel to Indiana to tip off with the 30-35 Pacers.
(39-27) Toronto Raptors @ (30-35) Indiana Pacers
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Indiana – PG – George Hill SG – C.J. Miles C – Roy Hibbert SF – Solomon Hill PF – David West
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 18.9 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.6 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.9
Indiana – PPG – George Hill 14.5 RPG – Roy Hibbert 7.2 APG – George Hill 4.7
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 104.3 (5th) PA – 101.3 (22nd)
Indiana – PF – 96.5 (23rd) PA – 96.0 (3rd)
The Toronto Raptors have lost 10 of their last 12 games. Last night they were downed 113-97 at home versus the Portland Trail Blazers. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the way in a losing effort as he scored 22 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. He was 9 of 18 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line in 35 minutes. Center Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. He was 7 of 7 from the field in 22 minutes. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams netted 11 points in 20 minutes off the bench. He was 2 of 8 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Point guard Kyle Lowry contributed with 10 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. He was 3 of 11 from the field in 35 minutes. Power forward Amir Johnson chipped in with 10 points and 7 rebounds. He was 5 of 10 from the field in 32 minutes. Backup point guard Greivis Vasquez had 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting in 18 minutes. The team shot 47.4% from the field, 27.8% from the 3 point line (5-18), and 78.3% from the free throw line (18-23). The Raptors out-rebounded the Blazers 42-37. They were outscored in all 4 quarters. Toronto is 17-15 on the road this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 8-6 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Indiana Pacers had their 7 game winning streak snapped with a 93-89 defeat at home versus the Boston Celtics on Saturday. It was only their 2nd loss since February 9th. Point guard George Hill led the team in scoring with 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting in 35 minutes. He was 2 of 7 from the 3 point line and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. He also had 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Shooting guard C.J. Miles netted 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting in 30 minutes. He also had 4 rebounds. Backup point guard Rodney Stuckey contributed with 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting in 24 minutes off the bench. Point guard C.J. Watson scored 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting in 20 reserve minutes. Power forward David West chipped in with 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting in 30 minutes. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. The team shot 40% from the field, 37.5% from the 3 point line (9-24), and 80% from the free throw line (12-15). The Pacers were out-rebounded 47-42. They failed to score 20 points in each of the first 2 quarters. Indiana is 18-15 at home this season. Their next game is Wednesday at the Chicago Bulls.
Toronto was victorious in the first 2 meetings with Indiana this season. On December 12th the Raptors notched a 106-94 home win versus the Pacers and on January 27th the Raptors secured a 104-91 road win. The Raptors have won the last 3 meetings with the Pacers. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
The Raptors continue to slump and they didn’t look any better in their loss at home versus the Blazers yesterday. Meanwhile the Pacers have stepped up their game and have moved up to the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs race. The Raptors have to wake up soon and I think they’ll at least keep tonight’s game close. Take the Raptors +5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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