Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers Free NBA Picks & Odds 3-17-2016
by Tony Sink - 3/16/2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Toronto Raptors travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The opening line for this game has Toronto as 2 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 202.
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The Raptors come into this game with an overall record of 45-21 and a road record of 19-13. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.6 as they are averaging 103 points per game while giving up 98.4 per contest. Toronto is 10-1 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 30-11. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Pacers have an overall record of 36-31 and a home record of 20-11. They currently are 2nd in the Central Division. They are averaging 101.9 points per game and surrendering 100.5, good for a point differential of 1.4. Indiana has a division record of 6-7 and a conference record of 23-17. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
DeMar DeRozan comes into this contest averaging 23.8 points per game while playing 36.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Raptors. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. Kyle Lowry averages 21.8 points per game in 37.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.5 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game for Toronto. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Paul George averages 23.4 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per contest this year for the Pacers. He grabs 7 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. George Hill averages 12.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.2 rebounds per contest and 3.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Toronto averages 103 points per contest this season which ranks them 11th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 3rd in the league. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 18.6 assists per game which ranks them 13th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 13.2 per game. The Raptors allow 98.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.4 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
Indiana averages 101.9 points per game this year which ranks them 17th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 1.4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 18th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 52.4 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per contest which ranks them 11th and 24th respectively. In the turnover department the Pacers rank 19th with 14.8 per game. The Pacers allow 100.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 5th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54.2 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 20.9 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. The Pacers force 15.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the NBA.
The Raptors average 101.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 108.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 2.6 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 8 per contest. The Raptors have an offensive rating of 110.3 and a defensive rating of 105.4. In terms of pace they average 92.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 28% of their shots. Toronto turns the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 13 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Pacers score 102.7 ppg at home and they have averaged 96.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -5.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 3.9 points per game. The Pacers rating on offense is 104.2 and they have a defensive rating of 102.7. They get 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shot attempts. Indiana turns the ball over on 13.4 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14.3 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 35-30-1 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 36-28-2 against the over/under
Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 35-32-0 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 31-36-0 against the over/under
Toronto Raptors Injuries
03/16/16 C Jonas Valanciunas Hand missed last game, "?" Thursday vs. Indiana
01/06/16 F DeMarre Carroll Knee out indefinitely
Indiana Pacers Injuries
03/16/16 G Ty Lawson Foot "?" Thursday vs. Toronto
03/16/16 G C.J. Miles Illness "?" Thursday vs. Toronto
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto
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