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(8-5) Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8-6)
Date: Wednesday November 15
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
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The Toronto Raptors arrive in New Orleans on the second night of a back-to back, their first this season. Host New Orleans, played the Atlanta Hawks Monday capturing the victory. The Raptors are on a five game winning streak versus the Pelicans and hold the all-time edge 21-13.
After a brief sojourn back in Toronto the Raptors hit the road again.
A heartbreaking one point loss to the Celtics earmarked the start of the mini 3-game trip. The Raptors followed this up by a convincing 129-113 thrashing of Houston ending the Rockets six game win streak.
Toronto features the seventh youngest squad in the Association. Dwane Casey utilized every big at his disposal in the first meeting to keep DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis out of sync. This strategy worked to great effect with Toronto out rebounding the Pelicans by ten.
Last season the Raptors went 8-9 on the second night of back-to-back sets.
This game also marks the Raptors eighth game on the opposite coast, a significant mark considering teams like Boston won’t play their eighth Western road game until January 29. Norman Powell will likely miss his second game with the injury sustained in Boston. .
That isn’t necessarily a terrible situation as OG Anunoby got the start and is acclimating well. The rookie provided solid defense on James Harden and hit critical treys. Anunoby was a team high plus 22, scored 16 points, connecting on 75 percent of his treys (3 of 4). Kyle Lowry is also finding a groove. In his first nine games Lowry shot 37.6 percent, however in his last three the Raptors point guard is shooting over 50 percent and 40 percent from deep.
New Orleans Pelicans
The lone loss for the Pelicans in their last six games was to tonight’s opponent. In their first meeting Toronto held Anthony Davis to seven rebounds which was the first time all season he failed to register double digits with over five minutes on the court
Although Toronto limited New Orleans front court, Jrue Holiday was another matter altogether. Holiday registered season highs against the Raptors in points (34) and assists (11). However, in the final frame the Raptors put OG Anunoby on Holiday with the rookie holding him to just four points.
The Pelicans will need to focus on stopping the Raptors All-Star backcourt. In the first meeting DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and dished a season high eight assists. Kyle Lowry hit twice from deep and grabbed three defensive boards in the final five minutes helping to seal the win.
Several players remain on the injured list for the Pelicans including Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen who is questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The under for Pelicans is 6-2 in last 8 overall.
- Raptors are 8.2 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 6-4 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans
After the win in Houston, the Raptors will be fired up to take another, but the rested Pelicans game plan should be to attack Toronto aggressively from the tip.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -3.5
The odds are heavily skewed for the game to go under. In the last two games the Raptors defensive focus has increased holding Boston to 40.2 percent and Houston to 41.8 percent from the field. This one should come down to the wire, but barring another off night by the new era twin towers look for New Orleans to exact their revenge in a closely fought game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 103 – Raptors 98
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