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Toronto Raptors (16-16) at Indiana Pacers (27-6)

January 7th, 2014 at 12:29 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors are looking to get back on track tonight as they head to Indiana to take on the Pacers. The Raptors saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday with a 102-97 loss to the Miami Heat. Amongst those five wins was a 95-82 victory over the Pacers in Toronto on January 1. The Pacers have won two straight and seven of their last eight games, with their only loss coming against the Raptors last week. This is the third of four meetings between the teams, with the series currently split 1-1. The last game of the season series will be played on April 4 in Toronto.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • In the last meeting between the teams, Pacers forward Paul George was held to just 12 points on 5-14 shooting. Terrence Ross did a great job defensively on George and will probably get the call to guard him tonight.
  • Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 14 assists in last week's game against the Pacers. Lowry has recorded six or more assists in 24 straight games and is averaging career highs in points (15.7) and assists (7.6).
  • Pacers big man Roy Hibbert was dominant in the last meeting against the Raptors, but ran into foul trouble early. Hibbert only played 21 minutes, but had 16 points on 6-10 shooting. The Raptors will need to have an answer for him tonight.
  • Danny Granger is averaging 8.9 points per game off the bench for the Pacers. Granger was once considered amongst the best small forwards in the league and has the ability to take over a game. The Raptors bench has struggled lately and will need to play inspired tonight.
  • Tyler Hansbrough is expected to be out of the lineup again for the Raptors as he is dealing with an ankle sprain. Hansbrough is an energy guy that crashes the glass and is an important role player on this team. The Raptors missed his presence against Miami and they will surely miss him tonight against one of the better rebounding teams in the league.
  • The Pacers are 16-1 at home, while the Raptors are 10-8 on the road. 
  • There has been problems with the weather in Indiana as the Raptors will finally be landing there early this afternoon. Some of the freeways are closed, but the game is still expected to be played as scheduled.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Indiana Pacers: George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert

Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet Ontario, East, West and Pacific.

Let's Go Raptors!


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Tags: Basketball, DANNY GRANGER, Demar Derozan, Kyle Lowry, NBA, PACERS, RAPTORS, ROY HIBBERT, Terrence Ross, Toronto, Toronto Raptors, TYLER HANSBROUGH

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