2019-20 NBA – Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers taking place? Saturday 8th February, 2020 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers taking place? Bankers Life Fieldhouse

What channel is Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers on? ESPN, Fox Sports Indiana, SN1

Where can I stream Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, WatchESPN, Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Toronto Raptors 119 – 118 Indiana Pacers

THE TEAM NEWS

TORONTO RAPTORS

  • The Raptors are arguably the hottest team in the NBA right now and their 119-118 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday extended their winning run to 12 games. This impressive run of results has lifted them to second place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 37-14 record.
  • Oshae Brissett has been listed as questionable for the Raptors due to an ankle problem while Marc Gasol is expected to be out until the All-Star Break at the earliest and Norman Powell and Dewan Hernandez have already been confirmed as out.
  • Keep an eye on Pascal Siakam here, as the talented power forward has been one of Toronto’s most productive players over the last few weeks. In fact, Siakam is averaging 21.3 points, 7.1 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.3 threes and 1.3 steals per game during the franchise’s 12-game winning run.

INDIANA PACERS

  • The Pacers seem to be trending in the wrong direction of late and even though their 31-20 record still has them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference standings, they enter this matchup on the heels of a three-game losing run. They lost against the Raptors on Wednesday despite having a sizable lead midway through the contest.
  • T.J. Leaf has been dealing with illness and Naz Mitrou-Long is rehabbing from an ankle problem so both players should be listed as questionable here. T.J. Warren is also under that same label due to a concussion, but he should be available and ready to start here.
  • Domantas Sabonis is coming off a triple-double appearance against the Raptors earlier this week, and he has been nothing short of impressive of late. The fourth-year big man has three triple-doubles on the year, and he has notched them all in the team’s last nine games. The Lithuanian is averaging 20.0 points, 11.3 boards and 6.8 assists over that impressive stretch.

THE PREDICTION

Having already played Wednesday in a thrilling contest resolved by a one-point margin, following an impressive comeback from the Raptors, the Pacers should be considered as favourites to exact revenge here. Their home record of 18-7 is excellent but it could be another huge score if the recent games between the two are any indication. Three of their last four regular-season games have finished with over 225.5 total points scored. Toronto might be riding a 12-game winning run, but the Pacers are due for a bounce-back performance and they should take care of business here.

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