Raptors Look To Even Series After Lousy Performance vs. Pacers

Monday, April 18, 2016 12:00 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 18, 2016 12:00 PM UTC

As expected, the NBA odds for Game 2 of the Pacers-Raptors series are the same as they where they ended up for Game 1. The Raptors better not play the same, though.

<p style="text-align:center"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=32529" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>It was only Game 1. But this is the Toronto Raptors we're talking about, so naturally, doom and gloom surround the team after <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-playoffs-picks-back-raptors-6-5-over-pacers-game-1/71584/" target="_blank" title="NBA Playoffs Picks: Back Raptors -6.5 Over Pacers In Game 1">they lost their first-round opener</a> 100-90 to the Indiana Pacers (+7 away on the closing line). Just like the Raptors lost Game 1 to the Washington Wizards (+4 away) last year, and to the Brooklyn Nets (+3.5 away) the year before that.</p> <p><br /> So why do the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Compare Live NBA Odds From The Best Sportsbooks">NBA odds</a> have Toronto laying the same seven points for Game 2 this Monday (7:00 p.m. ET, NBA-TV)? Because the same two teams will be playing. There weren't any injuries of note from Saturday's opener, and besides, the performance the Raptors gave in Game 1 isn't likely to be reproduced on Monday.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="75" id="ab0d08a1" name="ab0d08a1" scrolling="no" src="http://adn.sportsbookreview.com/www/delivery/afr.php?zoneid=156&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE" style="text-align:center" width="646"></iframe><br />  </p> <p><strong>Myles Standish Proud</strong><br /> It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to see what happened in Game 1: Kyle Lowry (22.1 PER, +6.8 BPM) shot 3-of-13, and DeMar DeRozan (21.5 PER, +1.4 BPM) shot 5-of-19. Even an average day from those two would have given Toronto a convincing victory. As a team, the Raps were 4-of-19 from downtown, while the Pacers were 11-of-21. That's the way the ball bounces.<br /> <br /> Some credit has to go to the Pacers, though. Indiana isn't just a sitting duck in this series; this team finished third overall in defensive efficiency during the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nba-betting-futures/" target="_blank" title="NBA Season &amp; Futures Odds">regular season</a>, allowing just 100.2 points per 100 possessions. The Pacers also have, in our humble estimation, the better head coach in Frank Vogel. He massaged the refs before the game – no, not literally. And he's wisely got Myles Turner (15.4 PER, –2.3 BPM) coming off the bench at power forward behind Lavoy Allen (12.4 PER, –0.6 BPM).<br /> <br />  </p> <p><strong>Casey, Finnegan and Me</strong><br /> Dwane Casey has made big strides as a head coach in his five years with the Raptors. But he still makes, shall we say, <em>interesting</em> decisions when it comes to his substitution patterns. Even with Lowry and DeRozan struggling, Toronto was still winning Game 1 until Paul George (20.9 PER, +4.6 BPM) starting lighting it up for the Pacers in the third quarter. Most of that damage was done with DeRozan (–1.2 DBPM) on defense.<br /> <br /> Expect different things in Game 2. Word has it that Casey will be tightening his rotation, so if we're reading the tea leaves correctly, DeMarre Carroll (11.9 PER, +0.2 BPM) is likely to get more burn defending George on Monday after putting in 19 minutes off the bench in the opener. And in theory, Jonas Valanciunas (22.6 PER, +1.1 BPM) will have more opportunity to dominate Indiana's frontline, as he did in Game 1 before accumulating one too many ticky-tack fouls. We're going to use the old zigzag gambit and stick with the Raptors for our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank" title="Free NBA Picks At Sportsbook Review">NBA picks</a>, at least for one more game. May the sphere be with you.<br /> <br /> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3011056, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,169,999996,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]<br /> <strong>Free NBA Pick:</strong> Raptors -7 -105<br /> <strong>Best Line Offered:</strong> <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4429&amp;book=Heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Sportsbook">at Heritage</a></p> <p style="text-align:right"><em style="text-align:right"><strong>Jason's record as of April 16:</strong></em><em style="text-align:right"> 33-37-1 ATS, 6-3-1 Total</em></p>
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