Indiana Pacers vs Toronto by Lloyds
Toronto held each of their last 4 opponets under 95 points which is an encouraging fact coming into tonight's contest as Indiana has been torching on offense this season. The Pacers, led by Paul George, adopted new playing style under coach Frank Vogel and have moved on from their traditional big-man approach. The hosts have found a new identity, a small lineup to increase tempo and efficiency on offense. They have been playing on a much faster pace than in the previous couple of seasons but due to that approach they are now dependent on 3-point shooting. George hit a wall in Detroit, scoring only 13 points but he could take advantage of the fact that Toronto will be without Demare Caroll tonight. The visitors are also without their starting center, Jonas Valanciunas, but insertion of Luis Scola to the starting five has given them a bit of flexibility on offense as Scola can do damage both inside and outside of paint. Toronto has been terrific on the road so far, having a best record in the East when traveling (8-5, 4-1 in the last five road games) which is why I expect that trend to continue tonight.
The visitors have Lowry and Derozan, who will be a nightmare for Indiana's backcourt to defend and fast-paced tempo could be more advantageous to Toronto than to the home team. Nevertheless, the Pacers will be motivated in seeking "revenge" for that season opener loss at the hands of Toronto but I believe its a pretty safe bet on the visiting side to lose by a couple of points or even win.
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