New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/15/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (8-5) at New Orleans Pelicans (8-6)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, FSNO
The Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to continue their hot streak after winning six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 108.8 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 45.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.8 points and 3.7 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four of their last six road games. Norman Powell is doubtful with a hip injury.
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The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 107.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 28.2 points and 14 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 26.2 points and 11.9 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games. Tony Allen is questionable with a knee injury.
The Raptors are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in New Orleans, 11-4-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the underdog is 20-8-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
The Raptors have covered nicely when playing on the end of a back to back, but beating up on the Houston Rockets and having to play a hot Pelicans squad the next night can't be easy. New Orleans looks really sharp and is shooting 50.4 percent from the field in its last five games. Cousins and Davis are getting more and more comfortable playing together and the overall depth of the team will improve with Rondo getting more minutes as he returns from injury. I like the Pelicans to control the glass here and ride their two stars to victory.