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Greetings Toronto Raptors fans! B-I-G day. Season opener. Expectations are very high for the 2012-13 Raps (for me at least). Every game-day I will have Raptors Game-day Stats. The goal is to provide you with a fun and interesting read as you count down the hours to the game. Let’s do this…
Indianapolis Pacers at Raptors
The Raptors have lost their last 2 home openers. Dwane Casey is 3-0 in season openers.
Pacers on on a three-game win streak in this match-up. Paul George, Danny Granger, and George Hill all got 14.3 points per game in those games.
Granger averages 16 points per game in his career vs the Raps, but he will not play tonight
The Pacers are 62-42 under Frank Vogel.
Damon Stoudamire 10 points/10 assists…Tracy McGrady did not play in his first game, but debuted in game two with eight points…Vince Carter had the most points in a Raps rookie debut with 16…Andrea Bargnani had just two points in his debut…Chris Bosh had 11 points/four rebounds…DeMar DeRozan had eight points…Ed Davis missed a long time in his rookie season with injury. When he finally made his debut he had 11 points/six rebounds.
In eight career starts vs the Pacers DeRozan is averaging 13 points and one assist per game.
Bargnani averages the same 13 points and one assist vs Indy (18 games…12 starts) but he is a game-time decision with the flu.
Davis grabbed 10 rebounds vs the Pacers twice last season.
Jose Calderon averages 12 points and 8.6 assists per game in his 21 games vs the Pacers (14 starts).
Roy Hibbert has nine career blocks vs the team that drafted him (one of his lowest vs any team).
David West averages 17 points and 7.6 rebounds vs the Raptors.
Landry Fields has made seven of his 18 career 3-balls vs the Pacers, and he averages 10 points per game vs them.
The 2011-12 Pacers averaged 3.3 more points per game than their opponent (#7 in NBA). The Raps were the exact opposite at -3.3 (22nd in NBA).
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