Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: Pacers (27-6) vs Raptors (16-16)
Scott Agness | January 5, 2014
Playing at home twice this week during a four-game stretch, the Pacers (27-6) host the Toronto Raptors (16-16) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Tuesday evening. The Raptors, who saw their five-game win streak come to an end in Miami on Sunday, stepped up to the challenge of facing the best team in the league last Wednesday in a home win over the Pacers.
Playing for the second time in as many days on New Year’s Day, the Pacers had their worst performance of the season. They turned the ball over a season-high 23 times, which resulted in 32 points for Toronto — “turnovers for touchdowns,” as Pacers coach Frank Vogel put it. Players admitted postgame that they were outplayed and the Raptors were the better team on that night.
If the playoffs began today, the Raptors, who have have a four-game lead in the disappointing Atlantic Division, would be the No. 4 seed. The Raptors have the third-most road wins in the East (10), trailing only Indiana and Miami. And although the Pacers already beat them in Indy once this season, they didn’t forget that the Raptors stole both games on their court last season.
DeMar DeRozan is the Raptors’ go-to player, leading the team with 21 points per game on 42 percent shooting. Point guard Kyle Lowry, who just a short time ago was rumored to be on the trading block should the Raptors look more towards their future, has been outstanding and is averaging almost 16 points and eight assists per contest, the latter ranking him eighth in the NBA.
Raptors: Tyler Hansbrough (day-to-day, sprained left ankle)
Jan. 1: The Pacers were too careless with the ball and struggled all game long in a 95-82 loss in Toronto. It was a statement win for the Raptors, who ditched their losing record with the win. Roy Hibbert was Indiana’s best player, scoring 16 points and grabbing three rebounds in 21 minutes before fouling out. The Pacers were outscored by 17 in the second half and allowed 17 points in transition.
Paul George had 12 and Granger added 11. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. With 13 points and 14 assists, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry had a double-double.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: FM 107.5/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)
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WEATHER UPDATE - Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 AM: The Indiana Pacers game versus the Toronto Raptors tonight in Bankers Life Fieldhouse is currently scheduled to be played. If you have questions about tickets, please call 917-2827 and ask for a ticket representative, who will work to resolve any issues.