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Pacers vs. Raptors: Playoffs game thread, lineups, TV info and more

The Pacers and Raptors start the NBA playoffs with the Game 1 matchup during the day on Saturday.

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PLAYOFFS!!!! LET'S GOOO!!!!!!!!!

The Raptors earned the two seed with an impressive 56-win season, including a 3-1 record against the Pacers, who finished with 45 wins and a seven seed.

But today, both teams begins the playoff season with 0-0 records in race to win four games. For the Pacers to win that race they will have to win at least one game at Air Canada Centre and with all of the pressure to win Game 1 resting with the Raptors, the time is now for the Pacers to gain the edge they will need to win the series.

Both teams are rested, so focus and energy shouldn't be an issue, although the 12:30 p.m. ET start for the normally nocturnal hoopers adds a tricky dynamic. Regardless, execution at both ends will be the difference. Do the little things well and win your matchup. Easy enough.

For more on the Raptors, check out RaptorsHQ. Also, please add your thoughts and observations in the game thread.

2015-16 NBA Playoffs
April 16, 2016 - 12:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
TV: ESPN ---- Radio: AM 1070/93.5 FM The Fan
Probable Starters
George Hill PG Kyle Lowry
Monta Ellis SG Norman Powell
Paul George SF DeMar DeRozan
Lavoy Allen PF Luis Scola
Ian Mahinmi C Jonas Valanciunas