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Indiana Pacers
vs
Toronto Raptors
Today's Featured Sports Pick

Game Date:
04/16/2016
12:35pm EST

Lines:
Indiana +7
Toronto -7

Total:
Over 195 (-104)
Under 195 (-106)

Community Picks: Indiana Pacers 70% vs Toronto Raptors 30%

Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors Thread

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Indiana Pacers
At an early glance, this series should lean pretty favourably towards the Raptors. The Indiana Pacers haven't played well agaist the Raptors this season. They've won just one of four meetings in the regular season and got hammered earlier in April against Toronto's bench and reserves. Yet both these teams are eerily similar. Almost like looking at themselves in the mirror. The Pacers have been one of the best defensive teams in the league. They get steals, and they capitalize off those turnovers. That has led to give them the 3rd best defensive rating in the league. Toronto ranks just outside the top 10 in that category, but boast a more effective counter-attack. The Raptors play at a slower pace, but aim to get at the free throw line to rack up their points. The Pacers, on the other hand, settle for mid range shots when running their half-court offense. The Indiana Pacers are a good test and should be a stepping stone for the Raptors in round one. Both Toronto and Indiana own some of the best defensive lineups in the league, and this series could very well come down to which team can shut down the other. Raptors-Pacers will have 3 of the 15 best defensive lineups in the league, minimum 100 minute.s pic.twitter.com/7BZbaidsCx — Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) April 14, 2016 The similarity hasn't come out of the blue. Coach Dwane Casey was a defensive assistant coach and was Rick Carlisle's right-hand man with the Dallas Mavericks back in 2011. Carlisle was previously in the captain's chair in Indiana before he was let go, and the Pacers were looking to add a defensive-oriented coach. They eventually found their man in Frank Vogel. The Pacers are somewhat retooling after their championship window came to an end when Paul George suffered that horrifying injury at U.S.A. camp in 2014. Gone is defensive stallwart Roy Hibbert, as is the gritty and talented David West and versatile sixth man Lance Stephenson. The Raptors, on the other hand, are still growing into a perennial contender. Here are some key points the Raptors need to emphasize to control the series: Win Game 1: The Raptors have never won the first game of a playoff series, but that trend needs to get busted this year. Home court advantage is incredibly important in the postseason, especially for a team trying to get out of the first round for the first time since 2001.  Raptors are 0-7 in 1st-round series openers all-time. Historically, the team that takes Game 1 goes on to win the series 77% of the time — Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 16, 2016 Play the mismatches: The 6'7" DeMar DeRozan will be facing off against a 6'3" Monta Ellis. While Monta may be shifty, his defensive personality is a huge mismatch for a player like DeRozan, who likes to post up on the low block and work from there. With that height discrepancy, the Raptors should take advantage of DeRozan's strengths. Eliis' defense is better suited for cutting the passing lanes and finishing on the fast break. Share the load defensively against Paul George: The key for Toronto will be how to handle Paul George. With DeMarre Carroll slowly coming back from injury, it's doubtful he will be the only one trying to slow PG down. Dwane Casey said it before, you can't keep one guy on Paul George all night. Fortunately, the Raptors have an arsenal of players ready to step up, and who can share the daunting task of guarding the two-time All-NBA selection. Continue to Article
April 16, 2016 11:50:am EST
Toronto Raptors
Last year's playoffs were chalky, with the top two seeds in each conference advancing to the conference finals and the top-seeded Warriors beating the Cavaliers - seeded second in the East - in the Finals. Before that, the sixth-seeded Nets beat No. 3 Toronto in the Eastern quarterfinals, fifth-seeded Memphis made a run to the Western Conference finals in 2013 and a No. 8 seed has beaten a No. 1 seed in 2012, 2011 and 2007. LeBron James needs no convincing. Continue to Article
April 16, 2016 2:46:am EST
Toronto Raptors
Did you hear that, kids? The clasping crack of a League Pass suddenly shut and gone silent? The silencing of the Kings, the mellowing of the travails in New York, the end of those unwatchable Philadelphia 76ers? The first round of the playoffs is here. Dive in, as the chums from Ball Don’t Lie dig into the first round of this two-month tribute to what we love the most: Ball Don’t Lie 2015-16 First Round Playoff Previews EASTERN CONFERENCE 1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 8. Detroit Pistons, by Kelly Dwyer . 2. Toronto Raptors vs. 7. Indiana Pacers, by Kelly Dwyer . 3. Miami Heat vs. 6. Charlotte Hornets, by Ben Rohrbach. 4. Atlanta Hawks vs. 5. Boston Celtics, by Dan Devine . [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] WESTERN CONFERENCE 1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. Houston Rockets, by Eric Freeman . 2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 7. Memphis Grizzlies, by Kelly Dwyer . 3. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 6. Dallas Mavericks, by Eric Freeman . 4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Dan Devine.     Continue to Article
April 15, 2016 4:58:pm EST
Toronto Raptors
TORONTO (AP) -- - By any measure, this was the most successful regular season in Raptors history. It won't mean much unless Toronto finally performs in the playoffs. The Raptors topped 50 wins for the first time with a team-record 56 victories. Continue to Article
April 15, 2016 4:15:pm EST
Indiana Pacers
April 15, 2016 10:00:am EST
 
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