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Predictions For Raptors Pacers Betting – Raptors And Rudy Gay March Into Indianapolis

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/6/2013 6:28:47 PM

The Toronto Raptors have a new look, now that they've let go of point guard Jose Calderon while picking up wing scorer Rudy Gay. We'll see how this lineup fares against Indiana.

Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers – Friday, February 8      
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Why Toronto Will Win

No bet on this game should ignore the centrality and primacy of the fact that the Raptors are a re-made team now that they've done some wheeling and dealing. Toronto gave up point guard Jose Calderon to the Detroit Pistons and acquired wing scorer Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies in search of newfound scoring punch.
The Raptors are certainly not in playoff position and have a long way to go in order to capture the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but one thing that has to be pointed out about this game is that by the time Friday arrives, Gay will have had one full week with the team. He played on Friday, Feb. 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers and will have had a chance to blend in with the team a bit. Toronto played the Miami Heat on Sunday and will have played the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, giving Gay crucial added repetitions with his new teammates.

If Gay is fully integrated into the flow of Toronto's offense and the Raptors' overall rotations, he should be able to make a substantial contribution in this contest. More specifically, the way in which the Raptors' offense functions will be a bit harder for the Indiana coaching staff to scout and prepare for. Toronto could throw a curveball at Indiana in this contest.

Why Indiana Will Win

Even mma betting experts know that it's going to be extremely hard for Toronto to win this game, despite Rudy Gay's presence in the Raptors' lineup. The thing to realize about Indiana is that it currently owns the best home record of any team in the Eastern Conference at 20-3, edging out Miami, which is 19-3 at home.

Indiana has developed a great comfort zone at home, beating the Miami Heat twice and locking down against all the other top teams in the East – New York, Chicago, Brooklyn, and – most recently – the Atlanta Hawks this past Tuesday night. Indiana hasn't lost a home game since Dec. 7 (Denver), and has lost only one home game to an Eastern Conference team. That loss came to Toronto, but that was back on Nov. 13, when the Pacers were just beginning to learn how to play without injured star Danny Granger.

Indiana has very much figured out how to play with an adjusted lineup. Moreover, the odds of Toronto being able to win twice in Indianapolis this season are extraordinarily remote, so scant that no bettor should seriously consider the Raptors in this contest.  

Who Will Win

This is going to be a fairly lopsided game, precisely because Indiana is so good at home and because the Pacers are not going to lose twice at home to the Raptors in the same season.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Indiana

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