The Indiana Pacers have been in the thick of the playoff in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are coming off a road win against the New York Knicks.
The Toronto Raptors have stayed among the top records in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are heading into the contest after breezing by the Phoenix Suns.
Pacers looking to get back on trackIt has been another highly successful campaign for the Pacers as they have found themselves well in the thick for the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. However, there have been some notable ups and downs along the way that have prevented them from truly taking off to the next level. They had plenty of issues flare up before the All-Star break that have prevented them from taking that next step forward towards being a true factor in the conference. They have steadily worked former All-Star guard Victor Oladipo back into the mix as he's continuing to get his feet under him after making his return to the court last month for the first time in more than a year due to a serious knee injury.
🎥 𝒽𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓁𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉𝓈 🎥@TonyWarrenJr: 27p/8r@Dsabonis11: 24p/13r— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 22, 2020
Malcolm: 11p/8r/6a@dougmcdermott: 14p@Original_Turner: 8p/8r@VicOladipo 8p/3r pic.twitter.com/NwNfRCkm5u
The Pacers have struggled in their last 10 games, falling to seven losses over that span, which has pushed them further down the standings. The bulk of that has come from their offensive struggles, as they haven't been nearly as dependable on that end of the floor this season. The Pacers are in the middle of the pack, averaging 109.7 points per contest while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor. They have had the stable play from big man Domantas Sabonis, who has been their most consistent factor in what has been a career-best campaign averaging a double-double with 18.4 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 54.0 percent from the floor. Sabonis has been a huge factor with his scoring this season,
Raptors looking to stay hotComing off their first NBA title, the Raptors have largely answered the bell on the court in what has been a strong campaign with them staying in the mix for one of the top records in the Eastern Conference. They are not far removed from a highly impressive campaign that saw them guide their way to one of the best marks in January, which has gone hand in hand with their health as they have finally moved their way towards possessing one of the deepest rosters in the league. They have continued that into the second half of the season, which they have won nine out of their last 10 games that has been fueled by their success at home holding a 22-7 mark heading into Saturday's game.
ICYMI - @pskills43 is extremely good at basketball— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 22, 2020
37 Pts / 12 Reb / 3 Blk / 63 FG% pic.twitter.com/Mu502K2rnp
The Raptors have had a tremendous of success behind the play of star forward Pascal Siakam, who has put together a career-best campaign that has put him even further into the picture as one of the league's top young talents. Siakmam is currently leading the team with a career-high 23.8 points along with 7.8 rebounds while shooting 46.2 percent shooting from the floor. Siakam's play has earned him his first All-Star game selection, and he's also coming off a 37-point outing against the Suns, which he could be on track to add to on Sunday afternoon. The manner in which the Raptors have played over the few weeks should see them continue that against the Pacers.
- Indiana is 1-4 ATS in their last five games against Toronto.