On Thursday night, the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers will get together at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana for Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The series is tied 1-1 currently. Indiana stole the first game of the series in Toronto. But the Raptors came back strong in game two to even the series. Toronto finished the season with a 56-26 record while the Pacers were 45-37. The opening pro basketball odds at MyBookie have Toronto listed as -1.5 point favorites in this game 3.
How To Bet on the Raptors vs. Pacers NBA Playoff Odds, TV and Game Info
When: Thursday, April 21, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: NBATV, FS-I
NBA Odds: Toronto -1.5
Why Bet the Raptors
Toronto is clearly the better team in this series. On top of that, they seem to have Indiana’s number for the most part. The Raptors have won 8 out of 10 against the Pacers and have covered 8 of 10 ATS as well. Jonas Valanciunas has become a force inside for the Raptors, scoring 23 and grabbing 15 boards in game two. If he continues that inside dominance the Raptors will have no troubles. Guard play is a major plus for the Raptors as well. They are led by All Stars Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan taking care of the ball. Being that they are just slight favorites in this one, they are an intriguing bet.
Why Bet the Pacers
The Pacers also have a lot of things going for them in this game. First, they are at home and they play very good on their home court. During the regular season they were 26-15 at home. Secondly, Paul George is the best player on the court. He is capable of taking over any game and winning it for a team. Finally, the Pacers are home underdogs in this one. Betting on home underdogs in the NBA Playoffs is often times a profitable strategy.
Expert Score & Prediction
This should be a great basketball game that comes down to the wire. The Raptors have the better team but the Pacers are at home. Taking all factors into account I think the Raptors are going to win this game. They are favored by -1.5 points for a reason. They should cover that number in game two leaning on Derozan and Lowry. The bet for this game is Toronto -1.5 over the Pacers.
The final score prediction: Raptors 97 and Pacers 92.