The Indiana Pacers stunned the Toronto Raptors with a decisive 100-83 victory on Saturday, knotting their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. However, it is the Raptors that remain clear favorites to eventually knock off Indiana, sporting -434 odds on the NBA series prices at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday.
Expectations have been high for the Raptors, who posted a franchise-record 56 wins during the regular season and entered the postseason as a +500 bet to claim their first-ever Eastern Conference title, while Indiana trailed as +6600 underdogs.
But the ghosts of playoffs past continue to dog Toronto, which has never emerged victorious in a seven-game playoff series and rides a 2-7 straight-up run in the postseason into Tuesday night’s Pacers vs. Raptors betting matchup at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto’s all-star backcourt duo has been a massive disappointment in the series, with Kyle Lowry averaging 15.5 points per game while DeMar DeRozan has tallied just 13.3 points per game, including a dismal eight-point performance in the club’s Game 4 loss.
Conversely, Pacers forward Paul George has enjoyed a renaissance in the series, averaging 26.3 points per game, but was held to a series low 19 points in Game 4.
However, the trends favor the Raptors, winners of nine of their past 12 against Indiana, both SU and against the spread, including six of seven in Toronto, while the Pacers have never won a playoff series when seeded lower than sixth.
Also on Tuesday night, the Atlanta Hawks will be trying to bounce back from a pair of losses in Boston when they host the Celtics in Game 5 of their series as 7-point betting favorites.
The Hawks blew a 16-point lead in a 104-95 overtime loss in Game 4 to extend their current postseason losing streak in Boston to nine games.
But with a nine-game SU win streak in playoff matchups with the Celtics on home court, Atlanta is a -222 favorite to knock out their long-time rivals for the first time since 1958.
In other NBA playoff action, the Miami Heat will be gunning for their 17th SU home victory in their past 18 games against Charlotte according to the OddsShark NBA Database – and a 3-2 series lead – when they host the Hornets in Game 5 on Wednesday.
As well, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors will be without reigning MVP Stephen Curry on Wednesday when they look to close out their series against the Houston Rockets with a Game 5 victory. The Warriors are pegged as 9-point betting favorites.