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2023 NBA Handicapping
(30-29) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors (28-31)
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Moneyline NBA Odds: Pelicans +185 | Raptors -215 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 227.5
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First, this is the first night of games since the break with the Pelicans last played a week ago Wednesday getting thumped 102-120 by the Lakers while Toronto beat the Magic 123-113 the night prior.
The Pelicans are 28-31 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 11-18 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Raptors are 29-30 against the spread this season. Also, they are 17-14 ATS as the home team
Thursday, February 23rd, the New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors meet for the second and final time this season. New Orleans routed the Raptors 126-108 in the initial meeting on November 30th.
Last season, the squads played twice with the teams splitting the contests. The Raptors hold the all-time record having bested the Pelicans in 26 of their 44 matches.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing on Wednesday, February 22nd. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Thursday, February 23rd.
New Orleans Pelicans
As the Pelicans return from the All-Star break they find themselves seeded seventh, a half-game back of sixth, in a virtual tie with the Timberwolves, a half-game up on the Warriors and a full game ahead of the Thunder.
Third, fourth, and fifth place are all within their grasp as they trail the Kings, Clippers, and Suns by three, two, and 1.5 games respectively. New Orleans has 23 games left to play with the third easiest strength of schedule remaining.
However, news Zion Williamson suffered a setback in his hamstring recovery sure put a damper on their playoff expectations.
Offensively, the Pelicans rank 11th for scoring averaging 114.9 points per game while shooting 48.0% from the field and 35.5% from the perimeter ranking 11th and 19th respectively.
Defensively, the Pelicans allow opponents to score 113.5 points per game, ranking 16th. New Orleans holds their opponents to 47.4% from the field ranking 16th and boasts the best perimeter opponent ranking 34.0%.
To summarize the injury report…
- Zion Williamson, PF (OUT indefinitely — hamstring)
- Larry Nance PF (probable — core; muscle soreness)
- E.J. Liddell, PF (OUT indefinitely — knee)
- Dyson Daniels, SF (probable — ankle)
As the Raptors return from the break they find themselves seeded 10th, two games up on the Bulls. They’ll try to replicate how they closed out last season but have a much harder task in front of them.
Each of the play-in seeds is within their grasp with the Heat, Hawks, and Wizards sitting 7th, 8th, and 9th with an edge of four, one, and a half-game
Catching the Knicks who are 4.5 games ahead of them will be tough although Toronto did win the season series 3-1 and therefore possesses the tiebreak. Toronto has the fifth most difficult closing strength of schedule with 23 games remaining.
On offense, the Raptors score 113.3 points per game ranking 19th while shooting 45.46% from the field and 33.6% from the perimeter ranking 26th and 27th respectively.
Defensively, the Raptors allow 112.5 points per game ranking 11th best with opponents shooting 49.0% from the field and 37.1% from deep ranking 27th and 28th respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Otto Porter Jr., SF (OUT for season, — foot)
- OG Anunoby, SF (questionable— wrist)
- Dalano Banton, PG (OUT — G League assignment)
- Thaddeus Young PF (questionable — left last game with a knee injury)
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Betting Trends:
- At this point, the Pelicans are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
- New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against Toronto.
- Also, the Pelicans are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games.
- By comparison, the Raptors are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games.
- Finally, the Raptors are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played in February.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Jakob Poeltl has already made the Raptors look better and has yet to get some quality time in with Anunoby and Trent Jr. But, it still feels like the challenge ahead for the team from the North is substantial.
Are they better than their record? The Net differential has indicated yes all season. But, perhaps the more important question is whether the Raptors have suffered more because of fit or individual desires taking credence over team needs.
Ultimately, there is a lot of talent on this squad and they have ample motivation to collect this win given how the Pelicans spanked them earlier this season but I’m not confident they can cover the spread.
4* Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans +6
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