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The Pacers can lock up a playoff spot with a win in Toronto on Friday night which would also send a message to their likely first-round playoff opponent.

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The Pacers and Raptors wrap up their four-game regular season series in Toronto on Friday night which is shaping up as a playoff preview.


A win locks the Pacers in the playoffs, then they can turn to their attention to seeding where they pick up a game against the Pistons thanks to owning a tie breaker. But first they have to put together a winning effort against the Raptors.


Toronto played in Atlanta on Thursday and welcomed back DeMarre Carroll. Resting a few players or at least keeping their minutes light may be in Toronto's best interest since they are essentially locked into the two seed in the East.


Lately, Toronto has been starting Luis Scola at power forward but playing stretch four, Patrick Patterson more minutes. They may keep Vogel's recent starting lineup the same and allow Solo Hill to come off the bench to chase Patterson off the line. Also, Ty Lawson is probable after missing the game on Wednesday, so the Pacers can get more much-needed reps for the revamped reserve rotation.


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2015-16 NBA Regular Season

Pacers

(42-36)

@
Raptors

(52-26)

April 8, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
TV: FOX Sports Indiana ---- 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