The Indiana Pacers have a chance to get another gift from the Raptors

After the Raptors traded their best player to the Pacers before the trade deadline, they have a chance to give Indiana another gift on Tuesday night.
Apr 7, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles the ball
Apr 7, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles the ball / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers are getting down to it. They have just three games left on their schedule. Only one of the teams they face has a record over .500. This is a spot that they want to be in as they try to hold onto a playoff spot and not get bumped into the play-in.

It starts with a game against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. Indiana has another shot to get a gift from the Raptors. Their first gift was Pascal Siakam before the trade deadline. Siakam has been the best player on the roster since the Pacers acquired him.

Siakam is now tasked with taking down his former team to all but seal a playoff spot for his new team. According to the NBA, the Pacers can clinch a playoff spot tonight by winning, the Magic winning, and both the Heat and 76ers losing. That would guarantee the Pacers getting at least the 6th seed in the East.

The Indiana Pacers need to just focus on winning against the Raptors

The Pacers can't worry about what's going on around them. They have to just focus on beating Toronto tonight. That gives them the best chance to not only get the 6th spot but maybe even get as high as third in the East. They would have homecourt advantage in the first round at that point.

Speaking of Siakam, he's the one the Pacers are going to have to rely on for the rest of the three games of the regular season. He has been the focal point of their offense this season. He has 31.5 points per 100 possessions, which is good enough for 32nd in the league. Anytime you have a top 50 player in that category, things are going well.


Beating Toronto is just the start of it. Indiana has a massive game against the Cavs on Friday. That game could decide whether or not the Pacers possibly get up to 5th in the standings. A lot of things are still in play for this team, and winning is the best way to make sure good things happen.