The Pacers head up to Toronto Friday night for only the second road game in February. The home team has notched a relatively easy win in the two games these teams played earlier in the year. Both teams are charting a similar, coming into the game with 29 wins each. That win total gets the Pacer third place in the Central Division, 5 games behind first place Detroit. Meanwhile, the Raptors 29 wins in the Atlantic Division have them luxuriating in first place by 4.5 games.
Here is Bruno's preview, which gives the young, talented Raptors the solid props they deserve for developing into a team all opponents must recognize as legit.
David Harrison's glass shoulder has him back on the day-to-day don't expect him to play list.
The trade deadline came and went with only some minor deals to show for all of the rumors. None of the teams battling the Pacers in the Central Division made any moves so everyone will take their chances with what is currently on the roster. Three reported deals all have an Indiana connection, though.
Former Pacer, Fred Jones, is now a former Raptor as well. Toronto sent Freddie home to Portland in exchange for Juan Dixon. Since he had fallen out of the playing rotation, Freddie has to be happy with a fresh start. The Blazers have some solid young talent as well, so he'll have to work for any burn he gets.
Another former Pacer, Anthony Johnson was dealt to the Hawks for a second-round pick. He couldn't find much time on the talented Mavericks team.
Former IU Hoosier, Alan Henderson was sent from Philly to Utah for a second-round pick and some cash.