Norman Powell under 9.0

Toronto enters game three against the Pacers under a significant amount of pressure. Having not made it past the first round since Vince Carter’s golden era, the Raptors have set themselves up with a franchise best regular season leading to the 2 seed in the east. With a dubious start to the series splitting the first two games and giving up home court advantage, Toronto now must head to Indiana and claim at least one victory to get them back on track.

What this will likely mean for the rotations is it will tighten and some of the bench players will be squeezed for minutes. DeMar Derozen and Kyle Lowry will be looking at 37+ minutes and we will likely see more of DeMarre Carroll if he is to salvage anything from this season.

For Norman Powell, a second round draft pick, he will most likely be the one who loses minutes. He has been impressive in the second half of the year putting up big numbers especially with the stars resting down the stretch however Dwayne Casey is unlikely to get desperate enough to throw him into the fire for extended periods. In the two games so far he has played 17 and 22 minutes and for a guy who isn’t a big time scorer at the best of times this line will be very difficult to reach. Our projection has him going well under.

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