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Raptors vs. Pacers 2016 live stream: Start time, TV schedule and how to watch Game 3 online

The Raptors bounced back after a tough home loss and will now have a chance to take control of the series in Indiana.

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The Raptors bounced back from a painful loss in the first matchup of the series to earn a convincing win in Game 2. After losing in the first round the last two years despite having home-court advantage, they needed to prove to themselves and others that they were not going to fold this time and they did just that. Now they will look to regain control of the series in a pivotal Game 3 in Indiana.

Toronto has two All-Stars in its backcourt but they haven't played like it so far. Kyle Lowry bounced back after a poor showing in Game 1 but DeMar DeRozan continued to have trouble scoring efficiently in the second matchup. He's averaging just 27 percent from the field, as Paul George has locked him down and forced others to step up -- and fortunately for the Raptors, Jonas Valanciunas has. The 23-year-old center has dominated inside in both matchups and is averaging 17 points and 17 rebounds per game.

The Pacers will happily concede the paint if they can go back to raining fire from beyond the arc. Three-point shooting was the reason they won Game 1 but they couldn't replicate that efficiency in Game 2, connecting on just four of their 20 attempts. George will continue to get his points but Indiana will need the role players to hit their open looks and defend at a high level in order to take back the lead in the series.

If DeRozan can approach his usual level and the Raptors' defense can keep the Pacers from going off from outside, Toronto should have no trouble advancing to the second round. As we've seen in past years, however, they struggle exerting their will in the postseason. Another Raptors loss would give Indiana a confidence boost while bringing back the ghost of past disappointments for Toronto.

A big road win, on the other hand, would go a long way toward proving that this iteration of the team is mentally strong and ready to go far in the playoffs.

How to watch Raptors vs. Pacers Game 3

Place: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET


Streaming: NBA League Pass

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