Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers
Records: Raptors (41-15), Pacers (33-23)
Where to Watch
Date: Sunday, Feb. 23
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
TV: SN1 (Canada), Fox Sports Indiana and NBA League Pass (USA)
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
After having their franchise-record 15-game win streak snapped by the Brooklyn Nets in their final game before the All-Star break, the Raptors got back in the win column with a decisive win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday.
With an already shortened bench, they had to play through foul trouble, but it didn't much matter with how well All-Star forward Pascal Siakam performed. Siakam put together one of his best outings of the season, going for 37 points and 12 rebounds in a dominating fashion to help Toronto handle Phoenix.
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Along with Siakam, interim starting centre Serge Ibaka continued the tear he was on prior to the break, despite playing the entire game in foul trouble. Ibaka had 16 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes of playing time, going 6-for-10 from the field.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup in Marc Gasol's absence (hamstring), Ibaka is averaging 21.4 points per game shooting 60.5% from the field and 48.8% from 3. Talk about consistent efficiency.
As for the Pacers, they hit one of their roughest stretches of the season just before the All-Star break. In trying to get former All-Star guard Victor Oladipo reacquainted to the lineup, Indiana dropped seven of their eight games leading into the break. They've won back-to-back games post-All-Star break, but their star guard is still trying to figure things out.
Coming off of a brutal knee injury like Oladipo is, it's expected to have to shake off the rust. In his eight games since returning, Oladipo is averaging just 10.8 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds shooting 33.0% from the field and 25.0% from 3. Ouch.
All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis has continued his strong play this season and is fresh off of a huge 24-point, 13-rebound double-double in the Pacers win over the Knicks on Friday. The Raptors' key to victory will be slowing down Sabonis, doing their best to keep one of the best rebounders in the NBA off the glass.
As of 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday (2/23)
- Marc Gasol (hamstring) - Out
- Dewan Hernandez (ankle) - Out
- Patrick McCaw (illness) - Doubtful
- Norman Powell (finger) - Out
- Victor Oladipo (back) - Questionable
- Edmond Sumner (hip) - Questionable
- The Raptors have won eight games in a row at Scotiabank Arena, just one shy of tying their longest streak of the season.
- With Friday's win over the Suns, Nick Nurse became the current winningest coach in NBA history with a winning percentage of .7174.
- With Friday's win over the Suns, the Raptors also guaranteed a winning record in the month of February. That makes it 21-consecutive months with a winning record, dating back to January of 2017.
- With this game, Kyle Lowry will tie Morris Peterson for the second-most games played in Raptors history.
- All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis ranks fourth in the NBA with 42 double-doubles.
- With the Raptors in second place in the East and the Pacers in sixth, these teams could potentially see each other in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
- According to Tankathon, the Raptors have the 11th-hardest remaining schedule in the league. The Pacers have the 14th-hardest.
Last Time They Played
Date: Feb. 7, 2020
Score: Raptors 115, Pacers 106
Raptors: Serge Ibaka - 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists
Pacers: Domantas Sabonis - 19 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists
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