NBA Betting Preview (April 9): Pacers vs. Raptors Predictions

The Toronto Raptors are on a rare two-game winning streak after snapping a 15-game losing streak recently with wins over Milwaukee and Washington. In their upcoming home game Tuesday, the Raptors are facing the Indiana Pacers, who are equally on a two-game winning streak and have secured victories in seven of their last 10 matchups.

The Pacers find themselves just one game shy of the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, and a mere 1 1/2 games behind the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks who are occupying the third and fourth positions. A victory against the Raptors could prove crucial for their rise in the Eastern Conference standings and their bid to secure a playoff berth.

Bet on Pacers vs. Raptors

IND -13
TOR +13

Let’s look at the best betting odds on both teams for this upcoming matchup.

Pacers vs. Raptors best odds

Pacers Moneyline Odds-800 @ Bet99
Raptors Moneyline Odds+600 @ Caesars
Over/UnderOver 237.5 points (-120) @ Betway
Under 240.5 points (-118) @ PROLINE +
SpreadPacers -12.5 (-113) @ Pinnacle
Raptors +14.5 (-132) @ PROLINE +
Time/DateApril 9, 7:00 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: SN1
Stream: NBA League Pass
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Betting Indiana Pacers (45-34 SU, 42-34-3 ATS, 39-40 o/u)

The Pacers secured a narrow victory over the Miami Heat last time out, winning with a final score of 117-115. Leading the Pacers’ scoring efforts were T.J. McConnell and Myles Turner, each contributing 22 points to the victory. McConnell bolstered his performance with five assists, while Turner complemented his scoring with a double-double, adding an additional 13 rebounds alongside two blocks. Pascal Siakam also played a significant role in the win, adding 18 points and eight rebounds to the Pacers’ win.

Tyrese Haliburton will be facing a Raptors defence that has been giving up the sixth-most points to point guards in their last seven games, although they’ve been the toughest in allowing rebounds to the position. Haliburton’s well-rounded game could see him exploiting these scoring opportunities.

Andrew Nembhard might find playmaking opportunities against a Raptors defence that has allowed a significant number of assists to shooting guards, ranking sixth.

Aaron Nesmith is also presented with a prime opportunity to impact the game across multiple facets. The Raptors’ defence has been particularly vulnerable to small forwards, ranking second in points and rebounds allowed and the most in assists to small forwards.

Siakam, playing against his former team, confronts a Raptors defence that has been less formidable against point forwards, allowing the second-most points, fourth-most rebounds, and seventh-most assists in their last seven games. Siakam’s dynamic skill set makes him well-positioned to exploit these vulnerabilities, potentially dominating in scoring, rebounding, and facilitating from the power forward spot. Last but not least, Turner faces a Raptors defence that has been allowing the fourth-most rebounds to centres. However, the Raptors also give up the second-least assists to centres.

Betting Toronto Raptors (25-53 SU, 34-44 ATS, 39-39 o/u)

The Raptors extended their winning streak to two games after defeating the Washington Wizards ,130-122, on Sunday. In a standout performance, the Raptors saw four of their players scoring 20 or more points. Leading the charge was Immanuel Quickley, who not only secured a double-double but also led the team with an impressive 31 points and 13 assists, complemented by seven rebounds. RJ Barrett and Kelly Olynyk both delivered commendable all-around performances; Barrett contributed 22 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, while Olynyk added 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block to the stat sheet. Gary Trent Jr. rounded out this group with a solid 20 points and 3 steals, marking a significant contribution to the team’s performance.

In this Raptors and Pacers matchup, Javon Freeman-Liberty will likely be starting as the point guard while Quickley will be out due to rest purposes. Freeman-Liberty will face a Pacers defence that’s tough on assists and three-pointers to point guards, allowing the second-least assists and the fewest three-pointers made. This situation demands Freeman-Liberty to potentially pivot towards more inside scoring and finding creative ways to facilitate the offence. Trent Jr. encounters a defence that surrenders the most points to shooting guards, offering him a significant scoring opportunity. However, with the Pacers also restricting the second-most three-pointers made to shooting guards, Trent Jr. might need to focus on penetrating the defence and scoring from inside the arc to maximize his impact.

Barrett could find scoring opportunities against a Pacers defence that allows the fifth-most points to small forwards. With the Pacers also limiting assists and three-pointers to small forwards as they allow the fifth-least in assists and the least in three-pointers made, Barrett might want to lean more towards driving and mid-range game rather than relying on perimeter shooting or playmaking from the wing. Ochai Agbaji steps into a scenario where the Pacers’ defence is most vulnerable, allowing the most points to PFs.

Under 240.5 total points


Pacers vs. Raptors injury concerns

  • Scottie Barnes suffered a fracture to the third metacarpal bone of his left hand and is considered out indefinitely.
  • Jakob Poeltl is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left pinkie finger.
  • Chris Boucher suffered a partial MCL tear in his right knee and is without a timeline for return.
  • Jontay Porter (personal) has been ruled out.
  • Quickley has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against Indiana due to rest purposes
  • Gradey Dick (groin) is questionable.
  • Bennedict Mathurin (shoulder) has been ruled out.
  • The over is 5-1 in Toronto’s last six games.
  • Toronto is 20-7 ATS in its past 27 home games.
  • The under is 23-6 in Indiana’s past 29 road games.
  • Ochai Agbaji has scored over 8.5 points in four of his last five games. His best line is -110 (Betano) to score over 8.5 points against the Pacers.
  • Myles Turner has grabbed more than 7.5 rebounds just once in his last seven games. His best line is -110 (Betano) to grab under 7.5 rebounds against the Raptors.

NBA bets to consider

  • Pacers Moneyline; Gary Jr over 22.5 points; RJ Barrett over 23.5 points; Pascal Siakam over 22.5 points: +750 (bet365). Trent Jr. and Barrett are in great spots to hit their overs. With Quickley out they will receive more touches, and remember the Pacers are giving up the most points to shooting guards and fifth-most points to small forwards. The Pacers need to win this game for a chance to move up in the standings, and leading the way for them will be Pascal Siakam who is going up against his former team which is allowing the second-most points to power forwards in their last seven games.
  • Under 240.5 total points: -118 (PROLINE +). With the facilitator for the Raptors, Quickley, being ruled out, it is unimaginable to see the total points go over 240 despite the Pacers having one of the best offences in the NBA. A blowout scenario is likely as well where Indiana’s key players will get benched early.