Gameday: Pacers vs Raptors, March 26

Toronto will either be in a three way tie for fifth or have sole possession of sixth by the end of the night as long as business is taken care of.

This isn’t the time to lose to a team under .500.

The Pacers (25-49, 13th in East) and Raptors (41-32, 7th in East) meet for the fourth and final time this season. Toronto won two of the first three matchups, but the latest one was in November where Indiana looked much different. Since then, the Pacers traded Domantas Sabonis for Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, Caris LeVert is in Cleveland, and numerous regulars such as Myles Turner are out. The Pacers are coming off a 30 point loss in Memphis and are nowhere near the playoff/play-in picture for the first time since 2015.

That’s the exact type of team that has proven to be most dangerous to the Raptors. They are only 16-14 against teams under .500, and own just a 18-16 record at home. Toronto hasn’t beaten an opponent under .500 at Scotia since Atlanta (at the time) on February 4th (0-3 since). A win guarantees upward movement in the East playoff race one way or another because the Bulls and Cavs play each other tonight. Toronto will either be in a three way tie for fifth or have sole possession of sixth by the end of the night as long as business is taken care of.

Individually speaking, Pascal Siakam is making the best push he can possibly make for All NBA. His March numbers? 26.2 ppg, 7.7 apg, 4.9 apg on 51/48/76 shooting splits. Pascal tied a season high of 35 points and a career high of six made threes against the Cavs on Thursday.

Player to Watch

Listing two quickly. This is the first look at Haliburton in a Pacers uniform. He’s averaging 16.7 points and 9.4 assists in Indiana on 48/40/83 splits. Mississauga Ontario’s Oshae Brissett has been a regular starter lately, putting up 11.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg since the all-star break.

Game Info

Tip-Off: 7:30pm EDT | TV: TSN 4 | Radio: Sportsnet 590

Indiana Pacers Results, Lineups & Injuries

Previous Results

@ Grizzlies L 133-103
vs Kings L 110-109
vs Trail Blazers W 129-98
@ Rockets W 121-118
vs Grizzlies L 135-102

Probable Lineup

PF: O Brissett, J. Anderson, J. Smith
SF: B. Hield
C: G. Bitadze
PG: T. Haliburton, D. Washington Jr., M. Brogdon
SG: M. Brogdon, T. Taylor, L. Stephenson, K. Sykes

Injuries

Duane Washington Jr., PGDay-To-Day moreWashington is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Raptors due to a right hip bruise.
Jalen Smith, FDay-To-Day moreSmith (illness) is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.
Isaiah Jackson, FOut moreJackson (headache) won’t play Saturday against the Raptors.
Goga Bitadze, CDay-To-Day moreBitadze (foot) is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.
Chris Duarte, SGOut moreDuarte (toe) is out Saturday against the Raptors.
T.J. Warren, SFOut moreWarren (foot) has fully recovered from consecutive stress fractures in his left foot but will remain out for the Pacers’ final 8 games to prepare for next season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Myles Turner, COut morePacers head coach Rick Carlisle said Turner (foot) did “30 minutes of non-contact work” at Thursday’s practice, but the center remains without a timeline for a return, James Boyd of The Indianapolis Star reports.
T.J. McConnell, PGOut morePacers head coach Rick Carlisle said Thursday that McConnell’s surgically repaired right wrist is getting better, but the point guard is still considered “week-to-week,” James Boyd of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Ricky Rubio, PGOut moreRubio will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI confirmed he suffered a torn ACL to his left knee.

Toronto Raptors Results, Lineups & Injuries

Previous Results

vs Cavaliers W 117-104
@ Bulls L 113-99
@ 76ers W 93-88
vs Lakers L 128-123
@ Clippers W 103-100

Probable Lineup

PF: P. Siakam, C. Boucher, T. Young
SF: S. Barnes, Y. Watanabe
C: K. Birch, P. Achiuwa
PG: F. VanVleet, D. Banton
SG: O. Anunoby, A Brooks, S. Mykhailiuk

Injuries

Gary Trent Jr., SGDay-To-Day moreTrent (toe) is questionable for Saturday’s contest against the Pacers, Aaron Rose of SI.com reports.
Malachi Flynn, PGOut moreCoach Nick Nurse said Friday that Flynn (hamstring) will likely be out at least another week, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Betting Lines

indtor
+11Spread-11
+400Money Line-550
Over/Under
226.5

My over/under prediction (14-13 this season): The Pacers rank bottom five in defensive rating this season, giving up 133 points to the Grizzlies in their last game. That clashes with Toronto’s tendency to lay eggs at home, albeit coming off a key win vs Cleveland. I think that same sense of urgency shows up in this game. Going slightly under but the Raptors will do their part on the scoreboard and get the win. After that, all attention will turn to Bulls-Cavs to see who loses.

Pacers 105, Raptors 120

Leave a Comment