The Raptors are in Indiana tonight to take on a red hot Pacers team that looks unstoppable at home.
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray (Considering that he’s played Roy Hibbert very well this season and that he hasn’t been getting many minutes lately, I’d love to see Jonas Valanciunas get the start, but I’m not holding my breath)
Indiana: George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert
Toronto: Landry Fields is out, while Linas Kleiza and Mickael Pietrus are questionable (insert joke here)
Indiana: Danny Granger remains out
- The Pacers have been seriously impressive lately. In addition to riding a five-game winning streak overall and a ridiculous 15-game winning streak at home, they recently completed a rare back-to-back-to-back sweep (they played a makeup game that had originally been postponed) that saw them beat the Bulls, Hawks and 76ers by an average of 13.3 points. They’ve also overtaken Chicago for the Central Division lead and currently sit third in the East, just three games back of the Heat…who they also beat quite handily during this streak. Add it all up, and it’s no wonder why Indiana is favoured by 7.5 points tonight.
- The Raptors are one of only three teams to beat the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse this season, but they also won that game with Jose Calderon recording a triple-double, Linas Kleiza contributing 10 points and Dominic McGuire starting, so…you know.
- As I mentioned in the podcast on Monday, the Pacers game is the one I was most looking forward to this week, because I’m very interested in seeing how Rudy Gay matches up against a comparable player in the younger Paul George and how the new look Raptors – with Bargnani and Valanciunas healthy – match up on the road against one of the hottest teams in the NBA.