Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers NBA Picks & Predictions 3/15/2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Toronto Raptors travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto as 5 point favorites.
The Raptors come into this game with an overall record of 50-17. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 8.9 as they are averaging 112.3 points per game while giving up 103.4 per contest. The Pacers have an overall mark of 40-28. They currently are 1st in the Central Division. They are averaging 105.9 points per contest and giving up 104.3, which is a point differential of 1.6.
Valuable Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 39-28-0 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 33-33-1 against the over/under
Important Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 39-29-0 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 25-40-3 against the over/under
Key Toronto Raptors Injuries
03/13/18 F OG Anunoby Ankle is "?" Thursday vs Indiana
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
03/13/18 F Domantas Sabonis Ankle injured last game, is "?" Thursday vs Toronto
Kyle Lowry comes into this contest averaging 16.4 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Raptors. He pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 85%. DeMar DeRozan averages 23.6 points per game in 34 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.1 assists per contest and 4 rebounds per game for Toronto. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Victor Oladipo averages 23.6 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per contest this year for the Pacers. He grabs 5.3 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 80%. Myles Turner averages 13.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 7 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Useful Team Statistics
Toronto averages 112.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 8.9 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 23.9 assists per game, which ranks them 16th and 7th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 13.1 per game. The Raptors allow 103.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 5th and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.8 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 21.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 10th place in the league. They force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 14th in the league with 105.9 points per game this year. They are 6th in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 1.63. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 6th in the NBA. They are 22nd in the league in rebounding with 42.4 boards per game, and 22nd in assists per contest with 22.1. The Pacers are 25th in turnovers per game with 13.6. The Pacers surrender 104.3 points per contest, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 17th and 4th in those defensive statistics. They rank 11th with 22.8 assists allowed per contest and 14th with 42.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pacers are 26th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.3 per game this season.
The Raptors are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 105.2, and their offensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 27th. They are 14th in the NBA in pace with 97.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 5th. As a unit they are 4th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the NBA. Toronto is 27th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 28th in the NBA.
Indiana is 23rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 13th in the league. The Pacers are 11th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.5, and their defensive rating of 107.8 is ranked 20th. In terms of pace they are 19th in the league with 96.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 10th. As a team they are 13th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shots, ranking 27th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Raptors/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Indiana +5
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