The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on Friday night. Eight games are up on the board throughout February 9. One of these matchups is between the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. Both teams have had solid starts to the season, which should help lead to a solid game on Friday night. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on Friday night.
Toronto has started off this season with a record of 37-14, which has them sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are seven games behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who are in first place of the East. The Boston Celtics are one and a half games back from Toronto. The Raptors have won twelve games in a row and will look to keep this winning streak going on Friday night.
The Pacers have opened up the season with a record of 31-20. Indiana is currently sitting in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia 76ers are currently sitting half a game back from the Pacers, while Indiana is three and a half games behind the Miami Heat. The Pacers have lost three games in a row, but they will look to bounce back with a win on Friday night.
These two teams are currently sitting in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is in second place trying to catch the Bucks, while the Pacers are down in fifth place. These two teams have been trending in opposite directions with the Raptors on a winning streak and Indiana on a losing streak. I expect a good game from both teams as they try and get a pivotal win.
The first game of the season series was hosted by Indiana on December 23. Kyle Lowry dropped 30 points and 9 assists, while Serge Ibaka finished with 23 points, but it was not enough. T.J. Warren and Myles Turner finished with 24 points each, while Aaron Holiday had 19 points and 10 assists. The Pacers were able to pull off a 120-115 win in overtime.
The Raptors and the Pacers met only a couple of days ago on February 5 in Toronto. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 24 points, while Justin Holiday had 22 points off the bench. Kyle Lowry had 32 points, while Serge Ibaka had 30 points. Pascal Siakam added another 25 points to help lead the Raptors to a win. Toronto was able to finish with a 119-118 win to tie up the season series.
The Raptors were able to win last season’s series 2-1 over the course of three games. These two teams have each won at home to open up this season’s series and will play two more times. I expect Indiana to come out faster in this one after meeting up only a couple of nights ago. The Pacers lost in Toronto on Wednesday night, but I believe that they have a good chance to win this one at home.
Field Goal Percentage
Toronto has been around the league average when it comes to field goal shooting this season. The Raptors have been able to make around 45.9 percent of their shots from the field throughout this season. Toronto has been third best in the NBA from behind the arc, making 37.4 percent of their shots. The Raptors have also made 51.7 percent of their shots inside the arc, which is not as great.
The Pacers have put up the third best shooting percentage from the field throughout this season so far. Indiana has earned a 47.6 percent from the field this season. The Pacers are fifth best in the league from deep, making 37.1 percent of their shots. Indiana has also made 52.4 percent of their shots from inside the arc, which is in the top half of the NBA as well.
These two teams have been solid this season when it comes to shooting from the field this season. The Raptors and the Pacers are both top ten in the league when it comes to shooting from behind the arc this season, which could play a big role in this game. I expect these two squads to try and get going early from deep to try and set the pace of play in this game.
Pascal Siakam has had a strong start to the season so far. Siakam has averaged 23.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season. Kyle Lowry is averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. Fred VanVleet has averaged 17.5 points and 7 assists per game, while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16 points per game and 8 rebounds. OG Anunoby is also averaging 10 points per game this season.
Domantas Sabonis has had a strong start to this season so far. Sabonis has averaged around 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game throughout this season. T.J. Warren is averaging 18 points per game, while Malcolm Brogdon has averaged 17 points and 7.5 assists per game. Jeremy Lamb is averaging 12.5 points per game, while Myles Turner, Doug McDermott and Aaron Holiday are all averaging over 10 points per game as well.
These two teams have had a nice scoring output from their lineup this season. These two teams are looking to get a solid scoring output from their lineup to try and earn a big win in this one. Victor Oladipo has returned recently for the Pacers and is averaging only 9.5 points per game in this one. Indiana will look for him to step up in this one.
The Raptors were able to win the previous matchup on Wednesday against Indiana, but I believe that the Pacers have a good chance to earn a win on Friday night. Indiana has a better shooting percentage, which could give them a big edge in this one. If Oladipo can step up in this one, I think that the Pacers can earn a big win at home.
BetOnline both teams listed as a -110 against the money line in this one. This implies that these two teams are pretty even in this game, which makes sense, The Raptors are on a nice winning streak, but all streaks come to an end. The Pacers are at home in this game after losing to Toronto on Wednesday, which makes me like them in this one.
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