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Raptors vs. Pelicans - 1/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (19-20) at Toronto Raptors (26-13)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN

The New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors square off Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.

The New Orleans Pelicans continue their inconsistent ways by losing four of their last six games. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 100.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 100.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 assists while Ryan Anderson is averaging 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Omer Asik is grabbing 10.1 rebounds and Dante Cunningham is producing 3.3 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans just can’t get on the same page this season and string together some victories to improve in the standings. The good news is that the Pelicans are shooting 37.4 percent from deep in their last five games. The bad news is that Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday are both questionable for this game with injuries.

Raptors vs. Pelicans - 1/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Raptors are also dropping in the standings with losses in six of their last eight games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 107.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 101.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.1 points and 7.8 assists while DeMar DeRozan is averaging 19.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.4 rebounds and Louis Williams is shooting 40.9 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors have to improve on the defensive end, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in seven of their last nine games and are allowing teams to shoot 46.9 percent in their last five games. The Raptors offense should improve with the return of DeRozan, who has scored 45 points in his first two games back.

The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. The Raptors are 18-8-2 ATS in their last 28 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Pelicans are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 0-8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall. 

I would stay away from this game due to the way both teams have been up-and-down recently. However, if forced to pick, I'm taking the points. It's the only way I feel safe in this spot. 

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