Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
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Toronto at Indiana
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana Pacers have just four losses in the last 35 days, but two of them came against the Toronto Raptors, their opponent Wednesday in Indianapolis. The Raptors secured a three-point win over the Pacers at home Dec. 19 and a 16-point victory in a rematch Jan. 6, but Indiana is 11-2 against all other teams in that span after a 120-95 triumph over Charlotte on Sunday.

"We just tried to prepare ourselves defensively, making sure it was tougher for them than it was in the last game," guard Victor Oladipo told reporters, referencing an earlier 26-point loss to the Hornets. "Collectively, we did awesome." Oladipo scored a team-high 21 points in the win while handing out seven of the Pacers' 34 assists, one shy of the team's season high. Toronto finished a 3-0 homestand with a 120-105 win over Sacramento on Tuesday. Star swingman Kawhi Leonard (rest) missed his third game in a row for the Raptors and he is not expected back until Friday at Houston.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN (Toronto), FS Indiana

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (36-13): Toronto is 11-2 without Leonard this season and it overcame his latest absence with a 16-for-40 showing from behind the arc, led by a 4-for-5 effort by CJ Miles, who is averaging 13.7 points in 16.7 minutes over his last three games. Kyle Lowry finished with 19 points and nine assists while Fred VanVleet matched him in the scoring column one game after shooting 1-for-8 from the floor as he manages the wear and tear of the long season. "At this point nobody's 100 percent healthy," VanVleet, who recently missed a game with a thigh issue, told reporters. "You've gotta be a professional, take care of your body, try to be the best version of yourself that day and go out there and lay it on the line. So, barring anything major, I'll be out there scrapping and clawing and giving it what I've got."

ABOUT THE PACERS (31-15): Darren Collison scored 19 points and handed out nine assists while Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 16 points in Sunday's victory as Indiana reached the 120-point mark for the fourth time in its last seven games. "Me, Bojan, Vic, we were all being aggressive on the pick-and-roll," Collison told the media. "When all three of us are aggressive, it's tough to beat us." Bogdanovic is averaging 19.5 points on 51.6 percent shooting to go along with seven rebounds against the Raptors this season.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pacers SG Tyreke Evans is averaging 15.5 points in 18.7 minutes over his last six games.

2. The Raptors are 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs.

3. Toronto has won five in a row against Indiana.

PREDICTION: Pacers 111, Raptors 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 36-13 W3 21-4 15-9 2-0 34-13 5-4 22-8
Indiana 31-15 W2 17-6 14-9 3-0 28-15 7-2 23-8
Last Meeting
Toronto Indiana
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/6/19 IND 105 TOR 121 121 41 51.8 105 44 45.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto N. Powell 23 83.3 0
Indiana B. Bogdanovic 21 50.0 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto P. Siakam 10 2 8
Indiana D. Sabonis 11 2 9
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 8
Indiana D. Sabonis 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 1035 49.8 252
Indiana B. Bogdanovic 757 48.6 126
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto P. Siakam 365 82 283
Indiana D. Sabonis 470 135 335
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 367
Indiana D. Collison 271
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Toronto Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
Toronto Off vs Indiana - Points For 114.0 Points For
Toronto Off vs Indiana - Points Against 103.1 Points Against
Toronto - FG% 47.3 FG%
Indiana - FG% 44.5 FG%
Toronto - Reb 45.0 Reb
Indiana - Reb 42.8 Reb
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Toronto Toronto Defense
Indiana Off vs Toronto - Points For 109.0 Points For
Indiana Off vs Toronto - Points Against 108.2 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 48.1 FG%
Toronto - FG% 45.3 FG%
Indiana - Reb 43.8 Reb
Toronto - Reb 44.9 Reb