The best two teams in the Eastern Conference renew hostilities just over a week after their first meeting of the season with the contest likely to do anything but lull you into a deep sleep as you watch on BT Sport.
The match makes up a quarter of our four-fold multiple for the night’s action, a bet that pays out at around 16/1.
Since trading opinion-dividing forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a seven-player deal, receiving four players in return, Toronto have gone 2-1.
However, those two wins came against a struggling Philadelphia 76ers outfit and a banged up Chicago Bulls while their loss came against a franchise of real quality in the San Antonio Spurs.
The Bobcats come to Canada ranking somewhere in the middle of those three opponents, but in a far hotter vein of form than when beating the Raptors 92-90 in early November.
The Pacers are one of just two sides in the East with a record above .500, and lead the way with their 20-4 haul so far.
The Heat are the other side with a winning record in the conference and are hot on their heels at 18-6, but lost last time they faced the Great Lakes side with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both held to a mere 17 points.
With James a doubt for the match, the Pacers are taken to boost their seasonal record over Miami to 2-0.
Only one team is currently enjoying a winning streak longer than the one the Phoenix Suns’ five wins on the spin and they are fancied to use home court to their advantage in toppling a strong San Antonio Spurs side.
The Spurs have won 10 times in the last 12 meetings between the two sides, but with the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic combining for 38.6 points and 12.5 assists per game this season they are taken to overhaul the hoodoo.
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