:00 PM ET, January 1, 2014
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors turned in defensive clinics in the fourth quarters to impress their online sports betting fans with wins in their most recent games.
One night later, Indiana will put their five-game win streak on the line tonight when they make it to Toronto. The Raptors have won a season-high three in a row.
The Pacers (25-5) harassed the Cleveland Cavaliers into 18.8 percent (3 of 16) shooting in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 91-76 home victory. Indiana trailed by one entering the final 12 minutes.
The Raptors (14-15) limited the Chicago Bulls to 16.7 percent (4 of 24) from the field in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 85-79 win away from home. Toronto came into the period down five.
Indiana is allowing a league-low 89.0 points per game. They lowered the league’s best defensive field goal percentage to 41.1 on a night leading scorer Paul George had 21 points despite missing nine of 11 3-point shots against the Cavaliers. Roy Hibbert scored 19 and George Hill had 13.
The Raptors have improved considerably since Dec. 13 — when the majority of the players acquired from Sacramento in the Rudy Gay deal made their club debuts. Toronto is limiting rivals to 42.5 percent from the field in a 7-2 run since that date after that figure was at 46.6 in the first 20 games.
Indiana is currently winning by an average of 21.2 points over their last five games while YouWager experts point out that Toronto can reach .500 for the first time since they were 2-2.
The Raptors are 4-2 in the second half of back-to-back games while Indiana is 5-3.