Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 22, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
TOR -7 Total 231.5
The New Orleans Pelicans open the season on the road at defending NBA champion, the Toronto Raptors. The Pelicans finished last season with a record of 33-49 and are hoping to get off to the start they did last year. The Pelicans started last season on a 4 game win streak. The season would then start to go down hill from there. The Pelicans are hoping that high draft pick Zion Williamson will slide into the starting lineup once healthy and help guide this team.
The Pelicans projected lineup is: Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday,JJ Reddick, Brandon Ingram, and Derrick Favors. Holiday averaged 21.2 points per game and almost 8 assists per game last season. Coach Alvin Gentry enters his 5th season as the Pelicans coach.
Toronto finished the season last year with a record of 58-24 and went on to win the championship. The Raptors will be rolling out a lineup different then their championship lineup from a year ago. With the departure of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors will be looking for others to step up. It is worth noting, the Raptors went 17-5 when Leonard was not in the lineup last year. The Raptors projected lineup is Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Marc Gasol. Siakam averaged almost 17 PPG and Lowry averaged 8.7 APG last season. Nick Nurse enters his second season as the coach for the Raptors.
Betting Trends 2018-2019:
The Pelicans ATS as an away underdog were 15-13-1.
The Pelicans were 38-43-1 ATS in all games.
The over was 18-11 when the Pelicans were an away underdog.
The Raptors were 25-28 ATS as a home favorite.
The Raptors were 37-44-1 ATS in all games.
The over was 28-26 when the Raptors were at home.
Looking at these two teams and seeing what each have done in pre season, leads me to think this could be a high scoring game. It is hard to base a betting trend off last season, with some key players no longer apart of this matchup. When you look at the statistics from last year, the Pelicans gave up an average of almost 118 points per game on the road and averaged over 115 offensively. The Toronto Raptors offense should be just fine without Leonard, as they showed they could win without him last season. This game should go over the total, but with Williamson being out for the Pelicans, I'm going to take the Raptors to cover. Final score prediction, Toronto wins and covers 116-102.