Indiana at Toronto
After last night’s cooler, I’ll continue to choose teams from the bottom side of the table only because this game looks like a good opportunity for a nice winner. The Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors will both be gunning for a victory on Tuesday when they meet at Air Canada Centre.
With four losses in five games, Toronto (6-8) desperately needs a spark from somebody. The Raptors backups did the best they could without guards Marco Belinelli (groin) and Antoine Wright (ankle) on Sunday, but were outscored 37-22 in a 104-96 loss to Orlando. Toronto’s bench has struggled with injuries to Belinelli and Wright but I would expect the bench players to step it up a notch in front of their home crowd.
Last year home teams won each of the matchups between these too and in todays expect nothing different. Considering Indiana’s injuries and players who are just getting back, they will have hard time containing Bosh, Bargnani and Calderon, these combo of players will allow Toronto to get shots from every spot and Indiana is going to have a headache defensively. Expect Toronto to have a huge game today.
Marco Belinelli will be a game-time decision after getting hurt in Friday night’s 120-113 win over Miami. He was beginning to give the Raptors consistent scoring, averaging 15.3 points and going 11 for 22 from 3-point range in four games prior to facing the Heat. Most probable , he will be on the court tonight .
The Raptors won five of their last six home games against the Pacers even though Bosh was limited to 17.5 points per contest during that span.
The Pacers have lost three straight after winning their previous five, and appear to be lacking cohesion as they try to work injured players back into the lineup.
Jeff Foster returned after missing more than three weeks with a sprained ankle, but the center was scoreless and picked up three fouls in nine minutes. Veteran forward Troy Murphy had seven points and eight rebounds in his second game after missing six due to a back injury.
Toronto and Indiana each won twice at home in last season’s series. Toronto is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana. Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana. Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home. Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home.
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