Lock Raptors As Your NBA Pick To Get An Outright Victory vs. Pacers

Joe Gavazzi

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:54 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016 5:54 PM GMT

Pacers celebrated their victory Saturday afternoon with a good weekend in Toronto. They were the only one of 8 home teams, who failed to get an outright victory in Game 1. Check The pick for Game 2.

In fact, 5 of the 7 home teams who won the game did so by 20 or more points! Following their embarrassing performance on Saturday afternoon to open the 2016 NBA Playoffs, I look for a huge bounce back by the Raptors at home in Game 2.

Indiana Pacers
In recent years, the Indiana Pacers were a perennial playoff team. Prior to the 2014 season, the face of Indiana has changed drastically. Not only were there key trades, but there was the gruesome leg injury to their best player, Paul George, which caused him to miss all but 6 games of last year’s regular season.

But even his return in April of last year was not enough to lift the Pacers to the playoffs. This year, George returned to lead a remade cast of “small ball” Pacers. The 45 wins in the regular season qualified the Pacers for the 7th position in the Eastern Conference Playoff queue.

The Pacers were eager to take the court for Game 1. George showed why he is among the best players in the league and the most valuable Pacer. After making just 2/9 first half shots, George exploded in the 2nd half, knocking down 10/13 attempts to lead the Pacers to a (100-90) win with his 33 points. His scoring output included (4) 3 pointers. Even with top-notch defender, DeMarre Carroll, guarding him, he was still successful.

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Defense
George limited the Raptors’ top-scorer, DeRozan, to 1 of 7 shooting, when he was guarding him. The 14 points by DeRozan on 5 of 19 from the field were well below his 23.5 PPG average. His backcourt teammate, Lowry, who averaged over 21 PPG in the regular season made just 3 of 13 shots for only 11 points, while committing 6 TOs.

The poor shooting of Toronto’s all-star backcourt led an offense that could make just 38% of their shots, while going 4/19 from behind the arc. In addition, Toronto was just 26 of 38 from the foul line. Meanwhile, the Pacers were knocking down 11/21 three pointers.

 

Final Analysis
The Game 1 stats beg for a reversal. This is reinforced by a pair of proprietary NBA Playoff flip-flop situations, which are each over 75%. In a high-scoring, bounce back win, look for the Raptors to even this series at 1 game a piece with a comfortable double digit victory. I invite you to put the NBA odds in your favor and join me in my NBA pick on the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 tonight.

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Free NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors -341
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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