Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers – Friday February 8, 2013 7:00PM EST
The online betting experts were not sure how Rudy Gay would affect the Toronto Raptors when he arrived to the team via a trade a couple of weeks ago. The immediate impact was impressive as the Raptors went on to rack up a couple of big wins. But since then, the honeymoon appears to be over and the Raptors has gone back to playing terrible basketball. But there is something about the way the Raptors play that has always seemed to give Indiana problems. The last time these two teams met the game was decided by two points and neither team broke the 80-point plateau.
The sports betting fans in Indiana have been waiting for quite a while for the Pacers to finally show some promise in the playoffs. It finally looks like the Pacers is ready to go even deeper in the Eastern Conference playoffs and maybe even surprise some teams along the way. Last season, Indiana played tough and left a strong impression on fans and players. As we keep moving closer to the All-Star break, the Indiana Pacers hold on to its top spot in the Central Division and maintain its dreams of playoff glory.
The problem in Toronto is that there is no one there to really compliment Rudy Gay. Even the best online betting sites knew that the few wins the Raptors picked up after Gay arrived were not indicative of how the team has been playing all season long. Gay is a good start as far as picking up players that the franchise needs to develop into a playoff contender, but he is just the start. There are several other roster holes that Toronto needs to fill before it can be considered a serious contender for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
The sportsbook experts like how the Indiana Pacers win and lose as a team. There does not appear to be one particular player who stands above the rest. There are some players that have better scoring averages than others and the team has its share of rebound specialists. But this is a young team that is learning how to win together and feeling what it is like to lose. As the Pacers pick up more experience during the course of the year, fans can expect to see more critical wins from this team as it slides into a well-deserved playoff spot.
The Bottom Line
Toronto is at least trying to bring in people that can help the team win, but the pace of improvement is extremely slow. Rudy Gay is a good start, but he is going to need help if he is going to move the Raptors into the post-season. The Indiana Pacers is ready for the playoffs now and this young team is going to be tough to beat.
Read more about the Indiana Pacers and its playoff chances this season.
Pick: Indiana Pacers