Eastern Conference leaders Indiana Pacers were beaten 95-82 by Toronto Raptors on Wednesday evening at the Air Canada Centre.
DeMar DeRozan starred for the hosts as he scored 26 points in their victory which continues their run of four consecutive wins to help them remain top of the Atlantic division. They are now second favourites with Betfair for the division behind Brooklyn Nets.
Terrence Ross was next best with 18 points as Toronto moved to .500 with a record of 18-18 for the campaign so far.
Kyle Lowry was also key for the Canadian side as not only did he pick up 13 points, he provided 14 assists.
The Raptors are one of the in-form teams in the NBA as they have won eight of their last 10 fixtures. They were the outsiders in the Betfair market against the visitors who were on a five game running streak before the tie.
Indiana had previously won their last four games in Ontario against Toronto and also come away with a victory in nine of their last 12 visits to the Air Canada Centre.
Center Roy Hibbert contributed with 16 of the Pacers’ total at the end of the game, while forward-guard Paul George was next best with 12. Their foul count was 27 to Toronto’s 18.
The visitors led the game at half-time with a 44-40 scoreline in their favour. However, the Raptors came out strong after the break and won both of the remaining quarters to record a comprehensive 13-point winning margin in their victory.
Toronto now travel to Washington to take on the Wizards on Saturday. Betfair will offer a NBA market on the Eastern Conference clash.
The Wizards were beaten by the Dallas Mavericks on New Year’s Day in a 87-78 scoreline.