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Sunday, March 15th (All times eastern)

Indiana Pacers (28-39) at Toronto Raptors (23-43), 12:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - If the Indiana Pacers hope to make a run at the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, they need to start handling their business better on the road. The team will have an opportunity to do exactly that on Sunday afternoon when they take on the disappointing Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

The Pacers dropped the opener of a short two-game road swing and fell to a miserable 9-27 as the visitor this season on Friday in Atlanta when Joe Johnson led all scorers with 30 points as the Hawks topped Indiana, 101-87, at Philips Arena.

T.J. Ford posted 29 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, losers in three of their last four overall. Roy Hibbert contributed 15 points and Troy Murphy pulled down 14 rebounds in defeat.

The Pacers. who are now two games behind Chicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, may get a big boost for this afternoon's game. Leading scorer Danny Granger, who has missed nearly a month of action with a partially torn tendon in right foot, will be a gametime decision. Indiana has gone 6-5 without Granger in the lineup.

The Raptors, meanwhile, continued their wildly disappointing season with an overtime loss to Detroit at Air Canada Centre on Friday. Richard Hamilton had 24 points and a career- high 16 assists in that one as the Pistons edged Toronto, 99-95.

Chris Bosh had 27 points, 10 boards and five assists while Jose Calderon added 20 points and 11 helpers for the Raptors, who tied a season high with their seventh straight loss. Calderon moved past Alvin Williams in the game to become the franchise leader with 1,795 assists.

The Raptors, who are just 12-19 at home, have won five of their past seven matchups with the Pacers. The two teams have split a pair of meetings so far this season with each club winning on its home floor.

03/15 10:33:11 ET


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