Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 1/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+2.5)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site where and the Indiana Pacers (9-6) will play the Toronto Raptors (6-9) on Monday. Indiana opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 218.
The Toronto Raptors faced the Miami Heat and walked away with a win by a score of 101-81 in their last contest. Toronto finished the contest having earned a 46.4% FG percentage (39 of 84) and knocked down 17 of 40 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Raptors made 6 of 9 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 45 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 22 assists in the game in addition to getting 11 steals and 3 blocked shots. Pertaining to defending, Toronto let their opponent shoot 42.9% from the field on 33 out of 77 shooting. Miami doled out 19 assists and had 13 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Heat grabbed 32 boards (4 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Miami finished the game shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by burying 8 of their 10 attempts. They also converted 7 of 31 tries from distance.
Norman Powell is someone who was a major factor in the game. He walked away with 23 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 31:41 minutes played and grabbed 3 boards. Powell finished the contest at 55.6% from the floor and also distributed 2 assists. Someone else that was a contributor in this game for the Raptors was OG Anunoby. He collected 4 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He ended up going 66.7% from the field in this contest by connecting on 8-of-12 (21 points). Overall, Anunoby was on the court for 34:59 minutes.
Toronto will enter this matchup with a record of 6-9 on the season. They are averaging 110.5 pts per game (19th in the league) while going 44.2% from the field. The Raptors are connecting on 37.3% on shots from downtown (242 of 649) and 80.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Toronto is collecting 43.3 boards per game and is sitting with 369 assists for the year, which is 17th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 15.1 times per contest and as a team are committing 22.1 fouls per game. On defense, the Raptors are able to force 16.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 fouls. They are relinquishing 36.4% from 3-point land while they are 7th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (108.7). The Raptors defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.1% (254 of 277) and they surrender 44.9 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 20th in the league in allowing assists with 394 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Indiana Pacers got the victory with a final of 120-118 against the Orlando Magic. The Pacers corralled 36 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 44 for this contest. They also stuffed 5 tries while getting 9 steals for the matchup. The Magic were called for 14 fouls in the game which got the Pacers to the charity stripe for 18 shots. They were able to convert 16 of them for a rate of 88.9%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, Indiana converted 12 out of their 34 tries (35.3%). Overall, the Pacers ended up going 46 out of 93 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.5%. The Pacers permitted the Magic to convert 43 out of their 94 tries from the floor which had them shooting 45.7% in this matchup. They finished 45.9% from distance by shooting 17 out of 37 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 24 from the free throw line (62.5%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Indiana allowed Orlando to pull down 49 in all (13 on the offensive side).
Malcolm Brogdon ended up being a factor for the Pacers for the matchup. He buried 8 of 18 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 44.4%, which gave him 23 points. Brogdon pulled down 3 boards in his 37:24 mins of time on the hardwood and added 6 dimes in this contest. Another guy who came through for Indiana was Myles Turner. He ended up walking away with 22 points in 42:12 mins on the court via 9 of 14 shooting for the matchup. Turner wrapped this one up going 64.3% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 9 boards.
Indiana has a mark of 9-6 so far this season. Indiana has totaled 1,700 points for the season (113.3 per contest) and they pull in 42.1 rebounds per game. The Pacers have committed 20.9 fouls per game and they connect on 75.0% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Pacers are shooting 47.7% from the field, which has them ranked 8th in the league. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 26.4 times per game (6th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.3 times per game. The Pacers on defense are ranked 17th in the league in PPG given up with 111.3. They are able to force 15.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (21st in basketball). The Indiana defense concedes 39.5% on shots from beyond the arc (188 of 476) and their opponents are knocking down 75.7% of their free throw attempts. They concede 24.7 assists and 45.1 rebounds per game, which ranks them 14th and 17th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana (-2.5)
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