Once again, the Pacers find themselves with a decided size advantage in the front court and with the Raptors, you can throw in an experience advantage, as well. Precious Achiuwa is the tallest starter for the Raps at 6’8 and at 22 years old, is two years older than rookie Scottie Barnes who starts beside him with former Hoosier and current “old head” (at 24) OG Anunoby rounding out the front court.
That trio will be quite active on the defensive end, so how the game is called will be critical. OG leads the Raps in scoring and showed off that ability last season when he dropped 30 on the Pacers at the Fieldhouse.
The Pacers continue hunting for a consistent effort at the defensive end while also looking for more efficiency at the offensive end. The lack of consistency, despite quality minutes on both ends at times, is a reason the Pacers are off to a 1-3 start.
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
When: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/107.5 FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Chris Duarte, Justin Holiday, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Raptors: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa
IND: Caris LeVert – questionable (sore back), Kelan Martin - out (sore left hamstring), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
TOR: Pascal Siakam - out (left shoulder injury recovery), Yuta Watanabe - out (left calf strain)
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