With the events of the last couple of days, the Eastern Conference playoff race is beginning to develop an air of finality about it. There is still some juggling for places to take care of, but it really does now look as though the top 8 teams have been all but decided. The Indiana Pacers are in the #7 seed at the moment, and have had to sweat things out for quite a bit, but a collapse by the injury-riddled Chicago Bulls now makes it appear as though the Pacers are safe. If the season were to end today, they would have a first round appointment with the Toronto Raptors, so the meeting between those two teams on Friday night takes on a whole new level of interest. Knowing that they may go head to head in the postseason might mean that both teams play their cards pretty close to the vest, so it’s going to be interesting to see how this one goes down. The updated NBA betting odds for this one can be found at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Indiana Vs Toronto NBA Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, April 8 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
TV: FSMW and SN1
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Indiana Pacers
While it looks as though the Pacers (42-36) are going to be playoff bound, it’s fair to say that this is not a team that has backed into the postseason. They have played well right at the time they needed to, and have now put together 3 straight wins that has helped them open up a 3-game lead on the Bulls in the number 9 spot. They are only a half game up on the Pistons in 8th, and may be forced to decide whether they want to face the Raptors or the Cavaliers in the opening round. I’m not entirely sure that they really care, though, as this has been a long, hard race to the finishing line, and just getting into the playoffs is going to be a nice reward. Indiana are averaging 101.9 PPG, and are giving up 100.5 PPG.
Why bet on the Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors (52-25) have taken 2 of 3 from the Pacers this season, but they have been made to work to earn that record. They won the first meeting quite handily, but then list the next one, and then required OT to take Indiana out in their last meeting. They will be looking for a more decisive victory in this one, if only to let the Pacers know that they are in for a tough time should they have to meet in the playoffs. The Raptors are 6-4 in their last 10, which isn’t really awful for a team that really has nothing to play for at this point. They have known for a while that thy are going to be the #2 seed in the East. Toronto are averaging 102.7 PPG, and are giving up 98.4 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The last meeting between these two teams was incredibly tight, and needed OT to decide it. I think we can expect another close one here, with the Raptors just edging it out.
Indiana Pacers 100 Toronto Raptors 102