Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors Odds & Free Pick

NBA Playoff 1st Round Game 5 Picks

Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors Odds & Free Pick

The first game of the 2016 NBA playoffs features the Indiana Pacers flying north of the border to face the Toronto Raptors. The game tips-off on ESPN this Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 12:30 PM ET from the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto, Ontario.

How To Bet The Indiana Pacers Vs Toronto Raptors NBA Playoffs Odds & My Free Pick

The NBA betting odds favor Toronto by 6.5-points to beat Indiana. The game total is 194.5 points if you are betting the game total. For straight up money line bets the Pacers pay $240 on $100 while the Raptors pay $100 on $280. Indiana is averaging 102.2 over 82 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 102.7 in that same time period. 

What: NBA Playoffs – First Round
Who: Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Start Time: 12:30 PM ET 
Where: Toronto, ON
Stadium: Air Canada Centre
Spread: Raptors -6.5
Moneyline: Indiana +240 vs Toronto -280
Game Total: 194.5
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Indiana vs Toronto

Why Bet On The Indiana Pacers To Beat The Raptors

Can the Indiana Pacers put their lackluster season behind them and make a playoff run this season?

A porous crunch-time record — the Pacers dropped 20 games after leading at some point in the fourth quarter this season — kept Indiana from reaching their potential this season. Now the Pacers will have to take four out of seven games from a squad that’s one of the league’s best and is looking for redemption from last year’s playoff exit.

How can the Pacers steal a game or two from the Raptors? By turning up the tempo and forcing the usually sloth-like Raptors to do something they so rarely do: turn the ball over.

During the season, just five teams forced more turnovers per 100 possessions this season than Indiana and only six teams turned the ball over less frequently than Toronto. The Pacers were also tops in the league in points off turnovers.

Game Plan: force turnovers, score points off of turnovers. WIN!

Why Bet On The Toronto Raptors To Beat The Pacers

After not a single Canadian team qualified for the 2016 NHL Playoffs, the playoff hopes of a nation rest on the shoulders of the Toronto Raptors and they shouldn’t disappoint this year after wetting the bed both of the last two post seasons.

Stud Kyle Lowry is a dynamic powder keg going boom from time to time, and DeMar DeRozan is silky smooth. Cory Joseph is a trouble maker and Bismack Biyombo is a beast inside. Norman Powell is another name that no one knows but who could wind up making a big mark on these playoffs.

Toronto has won eight of their last ten games against Indiana. Even more impressive is they have covered the spread in nine of those ten games. The Raptors have the Pacers number and that is a psychological edge that will only help Toronto.

My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The Indiana Pacers are 84-77 ATS, but that is better than the Raptors who are 82-85 ATS. In head-to-head matchups, the Toronto Raptors are 6-1 ATS. Head-to-head matchups have trended over (5 over, 2 under). 

12/12/2014: Toronto won 106 to 94, Toronto covered -9, Game went over 198 
1/27/2015: Toronto won 104 to 91, Toronto covered -3, Game went over 194.5 
3/16/2015: Toronto won 117 to 98, Toronto covered +5, Game went over 198 
10/28/2015: Toronto won 106 to 99, Toronto covered -5.5, Game went over 199.5 
12/14/2015: Indiana won 106 to 90, Indiana covered -4.5, Game came under 200 
3/17/2016: Toronto won 101 to 94, Toronto covered +1.5, Game came under 203.5 
4/8/2016: Toronto won 111 to 98, Toronto covered +5, Game went over 193.5

I am picking the Raptors as the smart bet in this matchup. My final score prediction is Indiana 95, Toronto 102.