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Indiana Pacers Set to Face Toronto Raptors: Preview, Injury Updates, and Key Matchup

The Indiana Pacers will conclude their back-to-back schedule on Monday night with a home game against the Toronto Raptors. Following their victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, the Pacers have now secured a three-game winning streak.

The season series between Indiana and Toronto is currently tied, although the Pacers emerged victorious in their recent encounter, edging out the Raptors by a narrow two-point margin on Valentine’s Day. Both contests have been tightly contested affairs.

Pacers’ star Tyrese Haliburton expressed anticipation for the game, particularly looking forward to facing Raptors’ guard Bruce Brown, whom he refers to affectionately as “Brucey B.” Brown was previously with the Pacers earlier in the season but was involved in the trade that brought Pascal Siakam to Indiana.

Details for viewing and betting:

  • Tip-off time: 7 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Location: Not specified
  • Spread and Over/Under: The Pacers are currently favored by -6.5 in the SI Sportsbook, with the over/under set at 245.

Injury report:

  • The Pacers have not released an official injury report yet due to their back-to-back schedule, although Aaron Nesmith was absent for their previous game against the Mavericks.
  • For the Raptors, Javon Freeman-Liberty, Markquis Nowell, and Jontay Porter are sidelined.

Key matchup to watch:

  • Bennedict Mathurin vs RJ Barrett: Mathurin played a significant defensive role in the Pacers’ recent victory over the Mavericks by guarding Luka Doncic for extended periods. He may face a similar defensive challenge against Barrett in this game. In their previous encounter, Barrett posted impressive numbers with 23 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Mathurin will aim to limit Barrett’s impact while also contributing offensively himself.
Yachiga Tavershima
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