Free NBA Pick: Pelicans vs. Raptors NBA Odds
Looking for New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Pelicans taking on the Raptors on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Scotiabank Arena. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Pelicans Raptors matchup.
2019 NBA Handicapping
(0-0) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)
Date: Tuesday October 22
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pelicans +250 | Raptors -276
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans +7.0 | Raptors -7.0
NBA Betting Total: 231.5
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The official tipoff to the NBA 2019-20 begins North of the border as the Toronto Raptors welcome the New Orleans Pelicans. In addition to being the first of the associations 2,460 regular season games, it’s also a night of celebration as the Raptors will raise their Championship banner and partake in the official ring ceremony.
Anticipation over this first game lost a little shine with news the number one pick of the 2019 draft, Zion Williamson would not suit up due to lingering knee soreness. However, Scotiabank Arena attendees will be thrilled to celebrate the franchise’s first title as the team launches its 25th season.
Last season each team won on the road and the Raptors hold the all-time record 23-14.
New Orleans Pelicans
From the second David Griffin was hired as the Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations the franchise’s odds took a turn for the better. Although Anthony Davis got his wish to join LeBron James and the Lakers, Griffin navigated the situation with aplomb.
A few lucky charms later and the Pelicans who lost a generational talent in Davis vaulted atop the lottery to win the Zion Williamson sweepstakes.
Griffin also flipped the fourth pick obtained in the Davis trade for rookies Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker both of whom have impressed. Canadian, Alexander-Walker specifically is already being earmarked as a potential draft steal.
Jrue Holiday will captain the revamped roster featuring previous Lakers assets Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart along with free agent additions JJ Redick and Derrick Favors plus returnees Frank Jackson and E’Twaun Moore.
Head Coach Alvin Gentry has a plethora of riches and versatility to work with. Ironically, this team is expected to vie for a lower playoff berth and if nothing else will be a guilty pleasure League Pass must watch.
22 days after winning the title Kawhi Leonard joined the Clippers as a free agent. This marks the first time in history an NBA Finals MVP didn’t return to defend the title. Danny Green also exits to join the Lakers.
Ten title members return and the common buzzword on media day wasn’t ‘champions’ but ‘hungry’ which was inspired by the squad’s response to immediately being relegated to underdog status.
Masai Ujiri stated Kyle Lowry earned ‘legend status’ and rewarded the heart and soul of the team with a $31 million contract extension. Likewise, Most Improved Player, Pascal Siakam received a four-year $130 million max extension.
Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Fred VanVleet are all unrestricted free agents this summer. OG Anunoby who missed the entire postseason due to a ruptured appendix returns healthy and ready to be a factor in the starting rotation. Norm Powell and good luck charm Pat McCaw (3 rings in 3 years) are also back.
Some new faces in the rotation have the typical Ujiri fingerprints such as undrafted hidden gem Terence Davis. Canadian Chris Boucher who won G-League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year also figures to be a factor with the reserve unit.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10
- Raptors are 7-3 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 7-3 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Losing Leonard hurts, but of the 22 load managed games, back-to-back sets encapsulated 13 (11-2) dates. Of those nine were on the road (7-2), and 10 occurred on the second night (8-2).
With the Raptors collecting their rings and raising the banner, the players are sure to be emotional which should allow the Pelicans to jump on them early.
But the champs return this season with a chip on their shoulder and between wanting to prove the critics wrong and please the home crowd they’ll find a way to capture the win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans +7
Raptors get the victory but the Pelicans will keep it close and cover the spread.
NBA Free Prediction: Raptors 115 – Pelicans 109
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