Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers
Records: Raptors (36-14), Pacers (31-19)
Where to Watch
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: TSN 1/4/5 (Canada), Fox Sports Indiana or NBA League Pass (USA)
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Wednesday marks the first of three times the Toronto Raptors will face the Indiana Pacers in the month of February. It's the first half of a home-and-home, as the two teams will again meet on Friday, adding a playoff feel to the meeting.
Toronto enters the meeting having won a franchise-record-tying 11 straight games. History is in play Wednesday night as a Raptors win would set a new franchise mark for consecutive wins.
MORE: Here are the longest win streaks in Raptors' history
Since the streak began on Jan. 15, the Raptors have posted a league-best Offensive Rating of 118.1. Their Net Rating of 12.3 during this span is also league-leading.
In its most recent outing, Toronto cruised to a 129-102 victory over the Chicago Bulls as undrafted rookie Terence Davis II scored a career-high 31 points while shooting 12-for-15 from the field and 6-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Davis did more than an exemplary job of filling in for the injured Norman Powell, who will be sidelined for a significant time with a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand. Injuries to Powell, Marc Gasol and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson mean that Chris Boucher, Patrick McCaw and Matt Thomas will again be looked upon to step up for the Raptors.
As for the starting unit, it begins with Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry, who have paced the offence throughout the team's win streak. It will be Siakam's first time facing the Pacers this season as he was sidelined with a groin injury in the Raptors' overtime loss on Dec. 23.
While the Raptors enter with the momentum of a lengthy win streak, the Pacers are looking to snap a recent skid as they're coming off of back-to-back home losses. Also in play is a streak of 11 straight road losses to the Raptors.
On Monday, Pacers first-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists but it ultimately wasn't enough as they suffered a nine-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks, who were without Luka Doncic.
In what was his third game back from injury, Victor Oladipo struggled to get going as he scored just nine points (on 4-for-17 shooting) in a reserve role. After missing over a year of time, Oladipo is averaging 8.3 points and 2.3 assists but shooting just 20.5% from the field and 14.3% from deep through three games. He will again be restricted to around 22 minutes of playing time on Wednesday.
Wednesday, the Pacers will be without T.J. Warren (concussion), keeping Jeremy Lamb in their starting unit. With both teams making lineup adjustments due to injury, bench production is worth keeping an eye on in this one.
Can Indiana get back on track? Or will Toronto make it 12 straight?
- T.J. Warren (concussion) - Out
- Marc Gasol (hamstring) - Out
- Dewan Hernandez (ankle) - Out
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) - Questionable
- Norman Powell (finger) - Out
- Toronto (104.3) ranks second in the league in Defensive Rating while Indiana (107.5) ranks ninth.
- Raptors forward Pascal Siakam and Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis are each first-time All-Stars in 2020. They'll both compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night.
- The Raptors have tied a franchise record with 11 straight victories. It's the third time in team history Toronto has won 11 consecutive games.
- The Pacers have lost 11 consecutive regular-season road games in Toronto. Indiana's last regular-season road win over the Raptors came on March 1, 2013.
- Pacers guard T.J. McConnell was a college teammate of Raptors forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson at the University of Arizona.
- Raptors guard Matt Thomas and Pacers' two-way guard Naz Mitrou-Long (Mississauga, ON) were teammates at Iowa State University.
Last Time They Played
Date: Dec. 23, 2019
Score: Indiana Pacers 120, Toronto Raptors 115 (OT)
Pacers: T.J. Warren - 24 PTS (10-19 FG), 8 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK
Raptors: Kyle Lowry - 30 PTS (10-21 FG), 9 AST, 6 REB
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