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When and where: January 6, 2019, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, 7:30 PM ET
The Toronto Raptors will face the daunting task of snapping the Indiana Pacers’ six-game winning streak in Sunday’s NBA action. After knocking off the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks on the road, the Raptors are ready to make some noise by extinguishing the red-hot Pacers at Scotiabank Arena. Meanwhile, the Pacers could earn their biggest win during the streak if their able to survive the Raptors on the road.
Oladipo’s overtime 3-pointer seals Pacers comeback win
The Pacers faced more of a challenge than expected when going into Chicago on Friday night to play against the Bulls. They took the best shot of one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference and still managed to come out on top with their sixth straight win. Of course, the victory took some magic from standout guard Victor Oladipo, who sunk a 3-pointer in overtime to ice the game with only 0.3 seconds left on the clock.
The end of the Pacers/Bulls game was UNREAL! 😱 pic.twitter.com/U01Aaa3TX5
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 5, 2019
The Pacers had trailed earlier in the game, but Oladipo helped drag his team back from a potential upset. It was one of those character-building moments that could potentially propel the Pacers the rest of the season.
For the most part, Oladipo struggled with his 3-point shooting during the game, but being a burgeoning superstar, he hit the shots he needed to make to help his team win. He finished the contest with 36 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Forward Domantas Sabonis also had a solid night off the bench with 23 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.
Raptors survive monster night from Antetokounmpo
Bucks perennial All-Star guard Giannis Antetokounmpo was a monster in Saturday night’s game against the Raptors—43 points and 18 rebounds—and it still wasn’t enough to come away with the victory. The Raptors went into Milwaukee and took a game from the top-ranked team in the Eastern Conference and one of the top-three best players in the NBA. An all-around team effort from the Raptors set the stage for every starter to finish in double figures, including four scoring 20-plus points.
Clutch shots all night. @TangerineHoops Game Highlights
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 6, 2019
The Raptors shot 51.2 percent from the floor and 45.2 percent from 3-point land in a 123-116 win over the Bucks. It was a game that could have potentially been a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals later in the year.
Raptors superstar forward Kawhi Leonard had his usual standout performance with 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals. A good chunk of those points came from the 12 free throw shots he sunk throughout the game. Forward Pascal Siakam also had a big night with 30 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Serge Ibaka had 25 points, Fred VanVleet had 21 and Danny Green finished with 12.
- Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games against teams with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Raptors are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest
- Raptors are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes of the previous day
- Under is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 against teams with a winning straight up record
- Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in the previous game
- Pacers are 12-26 ATS in the last 38 head-to-head meetings in Toronto
- Under is 5-1 in Pacers last 6 games after an ATS loss
- Under is 5-1 in Pacers last 6 against teams with a winning straight up record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The streaky road for the Pacers will come to an end in Toronto, where a slew of talented teams have already fallen this season. It’s hard to bet against a team that is 15-4 at home and coming off such an incredible win on the road over the Bucks. There is a strong resilience in this Raptors team that should be feared, and the Pacers will face it full-on at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.
While the Pacers recent 6-0 run has been impressive, they have also benefitted from playing a string of bad teams along the way. None of the teams they’ve faced recently even have a winning record, and they were taken to overtime by a Bulls team with the third-worst record in the league. Make no mistake, the Pacers are legitimately a dangerous team, but they still haven’t proven themselves to be among the elite in the NBA.
Even with the Pacers’ No. 1-ranked scoring defense, they will have a tough time shutting down one of the league’s best scoring offenses in their home building.
Prediction: Toronto Raptors (-4.5)
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is 5-1 in the last six head-to-head meetings between the Pacers and Raptors. Recent history should still stand in this game as the Pacers boast the league’s best scoring defense. They won’t come away with the victory, but they’ll still present some problems along the way for the Raptors’ potent offense. Take the under in this game.
Prediction: Under (208.5)