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Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction

Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction

Indiana Pacers

January 24

18:00

102 : 107

Toronto Raptors

Indiana Pacers

Toronto Raptors

Without the aid of six-time All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors avenged their frustrating comeback defeat by Miami in style overnight. They were 101-81 winners during the second instalment of their series against Erik Spoelstra's men, with both sides missing key players.

Norman Powell scored 23 points, OG Anunoby had 21 while Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double too. How will they fare away to Indiana, in the first of a two-game series after the Pacers' overtime win over Orlando last time out?

Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Preview

Pascal Siakam (groin) played through the pain and finished with a credible statline: 15 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes.

They certainly avenged their 111-102 defeat from Wednesday night and never trailed in the second instalment of this series, which earned praise from head coach Nick Nurse post-game:

"This was pretty much night and day, we were definitely flying around on D. It's a two-game scenario in that we learned a lesson - in the NBA, if you come out and don't play, you're going to get beat."

Kendrick Nunn led Miami with 22 points, five assists and three steals, and total minutes (39) from the bench, but the team wilted from three-point range (22.6%) while combining for an eyewatering 19 turnovers.

Powell started in Lowry (toe infection), who Nurse revealed afterwards is hopeful of a swift return and could feature on Sunday evening.

Turnovers were problematic for them too (22), despite shooting 46% overall and recording more than double (17-of-40) their visitors' three-point buckets.

After successive defeats against the Clippers and Mavericks, Indiana (9-6) made it hard for themselves before ultimately outlasting the Magic overnight.

Malcolm Brogdon's decisive three-pointer, with 2.8 seconds left, proved key after Evan Fournier's own deep range pull-up three bounced off the rim at the buzzer to end the game, a 120-118 final scoreline.

Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Betting Tips

ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives the Raptors a slight advantage (57.9%), and it's hard not to agree with them - having comfortably beaten Miami to exact immediate revenge after squandering a promising lead against them during their previous game.

Fred VanVleet leads them in scoring (18.9) and is second in assists (6.5) so far this term but despite struggling with his shot last time out (4-of-14, 1-of-6 3 PM, 13 pts) - they still won!

Myles Turner (hand) returned and rebounded away from another double-double (22 pts, 9 rebs, three blocks) for Indiana last night, but cramp stopped him continuing in overtime.

It'll be interesting to see how they fare when defending home court to finish the week against last year's Eastern Conference champions. It's a difficult one to call, all things considered, but if Lowry returns and Siakam continues playing through his groin issue, I see Toronto edging this.

Who will win?

Indiana Pacers (5)

62.5%

Toronto Raptors (3)

37.5%

Last matches

Indiana Pacers

05-03-2021

103 - 113 Denver Nuggets

L
04-03-2021

111 - 114 Cleveland Cavaliers

W
02-03-2021

130 - 114 Philadelphia 76ers

L
28-02-2021

110 - 107 New York Knicks

L
27-02-2021

118 - 112 Boston Celtics

L
25-02-2021

107 - 111 Golden State Warriors

L
18-02-2021

128 - 134 Minnesota Timberwolves

W
16-02-2021

112 - 120 Chicago Bulls

L
14-02-2021

113 - 125 Atlanta Hawks

W
12-02-2021

95 - 111 Detroit Pistons

W

Toronto Raptors

L

132 - 125 Boston Celtics

05-03-2021
L

105 - 129 Detroit Pistons

04-03-2021
D

0 - 0 Chicago Bulls

01-03-2021
W

122 - 111 Houston Rockets

27-02-2021
L

116 - 108 Miami Heat

25-02-2021
L

102 - 109 Philadelphia 76ers

24-02-2021
W

110 - 103 Philadelphia 76ers

22-02-2021
W

81 - 86 Minnesota Timberwolves

20-02-2021
W

96 - 110 Milwaukee Bucks

19-02-2021
W

113 - 124 Milwaukee Bucks

17-02-2021
Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Head to Head (H2H)
26-01-2021

Indiana Pacers

129
114

Toronto Raptors

24-01-2021

Indiana Pacers

102
107

Toronto Raptors

Indiana Pacers
vs
Toronto Raptors
Predicted Lineup

Justin Holiday

Domantas Sabonis

Malcolm Brogdon

Myles Turner

Doug McDermott

Fred VanVleet

Pascal Siakam

Norman Powell

Aron Baynes

OG Anunoby

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

103-113 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

L

114-111 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

114-130 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

107-110 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

112-118 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

107-111 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

134-128 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

112-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

125-113 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

W

111-95 vs Detroit Pistons (A)

W
L

125-132 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

105-129 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

D

0-0 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

W

122-111 vs Houston Rockets (H)

L

108-116 vs Miami Heat (A)

L

102-109 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

W

110-103 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

W

86-81 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

110-96 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

W

124-113 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

103-113 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

L

107-111 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

112-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L
L

105-129 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

D

0-0 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

W

122-111 vs Houston Rockets (H)

L

102-109 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

W

110-103 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

114-111 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

114-130 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

107-110 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

112-118 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

134-128 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

125-113 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

W

111-95 vs Detroit Pistons (A)

W
L

125-132 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

108-116 vs Miami Heat (A)

W

86-81 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

110-96 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

W

124-113 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
24.01.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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