This is an extremely late game day, but the Toronto Raptors will look to beat the Indiana Pacers for the 2nd straight time after their incredible win on New Year’s Day.
There isn’t much time so I’m going to give you a shortened preview here.
Tyler Hansbrough will play, which will be a huge bonus when the Raps tackle the tough front-court of David West and Roy Hibbert.
DeMar DeRozan cooked Paul George last game, and the Raps did a good job of shutting George down. This will be key once again.
Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry will need to have the three-pointer going as this Pacers D is far too strong interior-wise. Allowing them to clog the inside would lead to a nightmare of a game offensively for the Raps.
That’s about all I can think of for now. Jonas Valanciunas is my pick for x-factor because he held his own against Hibbert last game and if he can do the same tonight, it’s a HUGE boost for the Raps. If the Raps do end up losing this, they will go below .500 once again. Fear not though, as the schedule eases up quite a bit after tonight.