Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers
Friday Feb 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Opening Line: Indiana -1 with a total of 219
The game will be televised on ESPN
- This is the second game of a home and home this week. In the first game Wednesday night Toronto (37-14 SU, 28-21-2 ATS) was down 10 points with 2:27 to go in the fourth quarter. They held the Pacers scoreless the rest of the way and Serge Ibaka drained a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left for a 119-118 Toronto victory that continued a franchise-record 12-game winning streak. The Raptors have had 13 games this season where they faced double-digit deficits and came back to win.
- Ibaka had a season-high 30 points along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Kyle Lowry had 32/8/10 and Pascal Siakam had 25/9/5 to lead a balanced scoring attack by the Raptors.
- The Raptors 37-14 record is a franchise best to start the season. The last time they lost was 105-104 in San Antonio on January 12th. They have won nine road games in a row and have covered in eight of the twelve games in the winning streak.
- Indiana (31-20 SU, 27-21-3 ATS) started the season 20-9 but has struggled of late while dealing with injuries in addition to being without star guard Victor Oladipo who is now back in the lineup.
- With Oladipo out since January 23, 2019 with a ruptured quad tendon the Pacers have been led by free-agent acquisition Malcolm Brogdon and first time All Star Damantas Sabonis. Brogdon had a team high 24 points on Wednesday night and Sabonis had a triple double with 15 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists. However, the Pacers fell apart in the face of the Toronto defensive pressure and blew a 19-point lead.
- Oladipo has been struggling to regain his rhythm since returning from the injury but he told reporters “I feel like I played a little better (Wednesday), …especially defensively.” T.J. Warren has been out for the last few games while waiting to clear concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury.