The Indiana Pacers' last loss came on Dec. 19 at Toronto, and they'll have a chance to avenge that defeat when they carry a six-game winning streak into a matchup with the host Raptors on Sunday. The Pacers began their five-game road trip with a 119-116 overtime triumph at Chicago on Friday, putting them one victory away from their second seven-game winning streak since the start of December.
Victor Oladipo capped a 36-point effort with a 3-pointer in the final second of OT in the win over the Bulls as Indiana improved to 12-7 on the road. "You got to stay calm and make the right play," Oladipo told reporters after matching his best offensive output of the season. "That's what we did down the stretch." The Raptors had four players reach the 20-point mark in Saturday's 123-116 win at Milwaukee to move into a virtual tie atop the Eastern Conference with the Bucks - 1 1/2 games ahead of Indiana. The victory came two nights after an 18-point loss at San Antonio in which Toronto played for the sixth straight time without star guard Kyle Lowry, who remains sidelined with a back issue.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV, FS Indiana, Sportsnet One (Toronto)
ABOUT THE PACERS (26-12): Myles Turner - who recorded 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in the loss to Toronto last month - is questionable for this one due to a shoulder injury. Domantas Sabonis registered 23 points and 12 rebounds at Chicago while making 9-of-13 shots to raise his field-goal percentage to 63.1 - fourth in the league entering Saturday. Oladipo averages 22.7 points on the road, compared to 17.9 at home.
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (29-12): Coach Nick Nurse told reporters before Saturday's game that Kawhi Leonard, who has yet to play both ends of a back-to-back set, might be available against the Pacers one night after scoring 30 points at Milwaukee. However, Leonard played 38 minutes in the win, his highest total since Dec. 19 - leaving some doubt as to whether or not the team will gamble on his health. Forward Pascal Siakam also scored 30 points versus the Bucks and is averaging 22 on 62 percent shooting over a four-game span.
1. Pacers PF Thaddeus Young is 28-for-41 from the field over his last four games.
2. Raptors PG Fred VanVleet tied his season high with 21 points on Saturday while handing out eight assists with zero turnovers.
3. Toronto has won four straight overall meetings with Indiana and 10 in a row at home.
PREDICTION: Raptors 111, Pacers 110 Bet Now
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