The Indiana Pacers make their first trip to the North tonight. After losing back-to-back games, they will need a good outing to beat the Raptors.
The Indiana Pacers play their first of back-to-back games against the Toronto Raptors tonight. The Pacers will be hoping to end a two-game skid in which they lost to the hapless Knicks and injury riddled Mavericks. With the game being in Toronto, where the Raptors are 18-7, it will certainly not be an easy win.
Indiana (31-19) goes into this match-up needing a win to stay in the hunt for home court advantage in the East. They currently sit 3.5 games out of fourth place, but with T.J. Warren set to miss his second straight game due to a concussion, the will need contributions from elsewhere. Domantas Sabonis appears to be the most likely candidate to do just that. Over his last six outings, he is averaging 22.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 6.5 assists, but Indiana may need even more tonight.
Alternatively, the Raptors (36-14) have won 11 straight games and retaken the two-seed in the East. They sport a well-rounded offense similar to the Pacers, which is evident by five players averaging more than 15 points per game, led by last year’s Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam at 23.7. They have an extremely deep bench that will go head-to-head with Indiana’s second unit.
This has the potential to be another rough game for the Pacers if they continue to play like they have. They will need Victor Oladipo to be a little more selective with his 3-point shots while also being more aggressive attacking the rim. This is certainly a win-able game, but against the team with the third-best record in the league, they will need multiple strong performances to come out on top.
Here is everything else you need to know:
The Indiana Pacers Odds Against the Toronto Raptors
Odds courtesy of The Action Network, current as of 5:00 pm EST.
Time, Streaming Options, Ticketing
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors – Wednesday, Feb. 5 @ 7:30 pm EST
Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, Canada
TV: FSIND (Indiana), TSN1/4/5+ RDS2 (Toronto)
OUT: T.J. Warren (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Right Ankle Sprain)
*Both reports via NBA.com
*Injuries will be updated as they are made available