*10* NBA GAME OF THE MONTH (Power Sports) ~ 2-0 Tuesday! 21-7 RUN L9 DAYS!
Indiana vs. Toronto,
02/05/2020 19:30 EDT,
Score: 118 - 119
Point Spread: +6½/-115 Indiana
10* Indiana (7:35 ET): Toronto has surged into second place in the Eastern Conference on the back of an 11-game win streak. During the win streak, the Raptors are averaging 120.7 points per game on 50.4% shooting overall, including 39.7% from three-point range. That sounds really impressive, and it is, but it’s also unsustainable. Sunday against the Bulls, they shot 56% overall and made 16 of 34 three-point attempts. This is a team averaging 112.6 PPG on 45.8% shooting for the season. Eventually, they are going to have an “off-night.”
The fact that Toronto comes into Tuesday w/ a 36-14 SU record is made all the more impressive by the fact they are 5th in most man games lost. The four teams ahead of them on that list (Warriors, Wizards, Blazers & Pistons) are a combined 69-130 SU. Right now, front line players Marc Gasol and Norman Powell are both out. Yet six different players have led the team in scoring during the 11-game win streak. By the way, a win tonight would set a new franchise record for consecutive SU wins.
Another streak on the line here is Toronto’s 11-0 SU run at home against Indiana. But the Pacers did prevail (in overtime) at home against the Raptors back on December 23rd. That was w/o Victor Oladipo, who is now three games into his return. The last two haven’t gone well as the Pacers lost outright as favorites both times. But now they’re an underdog, a role which I believe serves them well. Unlike some of the other top teams in the East, Indiana is actually a good road team (13-12 SU record). In the end, I simply believe Toronto is “due” to drop one. 10* Indiana