Free NBA Hoops Pick: Raptors vs. Pelicans Lines
Looking for Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans free plays? NBA betting sees the Raptors taking on the Pelicans on Saturday March 26, 2016 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana . Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(48-22) Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-45)
Date: Saturday March 26
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -9
NBA Betting Total: 203
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In a match up of two teams heading in opposite directions, the Raptors continue a Western road swing against a Pelicans team that has been absolutely decimated by injuries.
The Pelicans will likely be deploying a skeleton crew in this one. In their last game against Indiana, the starting 5 averaged only 18.2 minutes per game this season.
The Raptors are leading the season series 1-0.
The Raptors have got to be licking their chops for this one. Sandwiched in between tough road tilts against Houston and OKC, Toronto will roll into New Orleans to meet a team with only one opening night starter still in the starting five.
Toronto has the best road winning percentage of any Eastern Conference team (58.8%) and have gone 15-10 against Western conference teams this year.
They have also managed a 6-5 record on the road against West teams.
Bismack Biyombo has been downright dominant in the paint for the Raptors lately, registering averages of 7.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game over his last 2 weeks.
His defensive presence in the middle, coupled with the explosive offense of Lowry (21.9 PPG) and DeRozan (23.7 PPG) should give the Pelicans fits on both ends of the floor.
The Raptors are 20-14 on the road this year and 7-5 on the second night of back-to-back games.
New Orleans Pelicans
Let’s begin by stating the obvious. This team is a shell of it’s former self due to a string of injuries that has thrust role players and scrap heap signings into major roles.
To put into perspective how bad things have become for the Pellies, they will potentially be without their top SIX scorers in this one (assuming Jrue Holiday can’t go).
The Pelicans are 3-10 this month, while allowing opposing teams to average an ungodly 109 points per contest.
They have averaged a respectable 103.3 PPG on the offensive end, but the roster they’re expected to deploy on Saturday only managed 84 points on 41% shooting against the Pacers.
It’s worth noting that in two games that Anthony Davis sat out last year, the Raptors really struggled against heavy minutes from the front line of Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik.
The pair combined for 63 points and 35 rebounds on 65.8% shooting in the pair of meetings.
The Pelicans back court has got some decent production of out a 10-Day contract signee in Tim Frazier. Since inking the temporary deal with the club, the backup point guard has averaged a respectable 14.6 points and 4.8 assists on 56% shooting.
The Pelicans have been fairly average at home this season with a record of 18-17.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest
- Raptors are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans
- Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference
- Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Road team is 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings
Free Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
Despite the Raptors troubles with New Orleans last season, this one shouldn’t be much of a contest. Look for the Raps to get a big lead by half and maintain it to the final buzzer.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS.
Raptors with an easy road win in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 108 – New Orleans 93
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