For the second time this season already, the Raptors are getting set to take on the Indiana Pacers on the end of a back-to-back. There doesn’t seem to be too much worry, though. Things are going too well!
The Raptors are riding a three-game win streak after a disappointing loss to the Celtics, even without Kawhi Leonard. With Kawhi continuing to sit tonight due to load management, Fred VanVleet is back with a starting lineup that will test their stuff against one of the East’s top teams.
The Pacers are on a mini-win streak of their own, with a primetime loss to Philadelphia sitting smack dab in the middle of two-game win streaks on either side.
Indiana, albeit a strong 31-15, haven’t been exceptional against the league’s best teams. Much like the Raptors, they’re doing it by taking care of business — they’re 24-3 against the 15 teams no better than one game over .500 (a stat I stole from John Schuhmann in what might be the Schuhmann-iest stat). At the same time, they’ve lost four straight to the top five teams in the East.
Most important for Toronto is not to look ahead to a small west coast swing coming next on the schedule, as they escape to Houston on Friday and Dallas on Sunday. Taking care of business against a Pacers team that takes care of business (cue the Burton Cummings) is all that matters.
With that in mind, here are the details for tonight’s game.
Where to Watch
TSN, 7 PM EST
Toronto – Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka
Indiana - Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdonavic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Toronto - Jonas Valanciunas (thumb - out), Kawhi Leonard (load management - out), OG Anunoby (personal - out)
Indiana - none