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Wednesday, April 8th (All times eastern)

Toronto Raptors (30-47) at Indiana Pacers (33-44), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Even with a record 11 games below the .500 mark the Indiana Pacers still have a chance at a playoff berth with five games remaining on the schedule. Tonight they will try to move closer to that goal when the Toronto Raptors pay a visit to Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Pacers are four games behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have won three of their last four games. They rebounded from a loss versus San Antonio by handing Oklahoma City a 117-99 decision on Sunday from the Ford Center.

Danny Granger posted 24 points and Troy Murphy added 22 and nine rebounds for the Pacers. Roy Hibbert added 17 and eight boards, Jarrett Jack posted 14 points with four assists and Brandon Rush contributed 13 points in the win.

Indiana is 22-15 as the host this season and will finish the 2008-09 campaign with three consecutive home tests versus Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee.

The Pacers will be eliminated from the postseaon chase with a loss tonight couple with a Detroit win in New York.

Toronto is finishing out the string and has dropped two in a row since a six- game winning streak. It suffered a 118-110 loss versus Atlanta on Tuesday, as Chris Bosh scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in defeat.

Jose Calderon contributed 16 points and 13 assists, while Shawn Marion scored 18 points for the Raptors, who will put their two-game road winning streak on the line Wednesday. Toronto is 13-25 as the guest in 2008-09.

The Raptors are 2-1 against the Pacers this season and have won seven of the last 10 meetings. Toronto is just 7-18 in games played at Indiana.

04/08 12:38:17 ET


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