Beating the East-leading Raptors would be a quality home win for the Pacers as they continue trying to hold their ground in the tightly contested playoff race in the Eastern Conference. Domas Sabonis (ankle) has been ruled out and Trevor Booker (ankle) is questionable. If Booker is unable to go, the Pacers front-court depth takes a major hit as they will have to lean on Al Jefferson and likely, T.J. Leaf to fill the gaps in the rotation.
Toronto hauls a nine-game winning streak into the Fieldhouse, but the Raptors may be down a bit of wing depth with OG Anunoby (ankle) has missed the last eight games but reportedly will be available. Norman Powell (ankle) is doubtful which impacts the bench. Toronto has jumped to the front of the line in the East thanks to their solid reserve rotation, so they too will have to lean on different players to fill the gaps. It will also mean plenty of time for Pacers fan favorite, C.J. Miles who now pops up 3s for the Raps.
The teams split their first two meetings earlier in the season with the home team winning each game, but both games were closely contested at the time.
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Raptors at Pacers - 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Cory Joseph (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Raptors: Kyle Lowry (PG), DeMar DeRozan (SG), Malcolm Miller (SF), Serge Ibaka (PF), Jonas Valanciunas (C)