Pelicans vs. Raptors - 3/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (48-22) at New Orleans Pelicans (26-45)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +9 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sportsnet One, FSN
The Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Toronto Raptors look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 102.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 12.7 points and nine rebounds. Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after losing six of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Jrue Holiday is averaging 16.6 points and six assists while Tim Frazier is averaging 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Toney Douglas is dishing 2.3 assists and Dante Cunningham is grabbing three rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans and 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
While I don't like laying big numbers with a team on the end of a back to back, the Pelicans have thrown in the towel on the season and don't have many healthy bodies. Toronto should roll here and win by double digits.