Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 10/22/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Orleans Pelicans (0-0) at Toronto Raptors (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -6.5 -- Over/Under: 231.5
The New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans enter the regular season with some momentum after going 5-0 in the preseason and getting big time production from a lot of their young key pieces. The knee injury to Zion Williamson does kill some of the hype surrounding the Pelicans, but this is still an intriguing roster that could be a dark horse for the last playoff spot in the West if everything breaks well. Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday makes for a solid backcourt, while Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors and JJ Redick are all guys who know their role and can play at an above-average level. You question the depth and majority of the Pelicans (only one player over 30 years old), but this is a solid roster for a franchise in a clear rebuild since the trade of Anything Davis, and basketball should be fun in New Orleans for the first time in a while. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last eight road games.
The Toronto Raptors will enjoy ring night after winning their first title in franchise history, so you can expect an even crazier crowd than we’re used to seeing, as the whole country usually gets behind this team. Obviously the Raptors won’t have Kawhi Leonard leading the way this time, but Kyle Lowry is still the top remaining face, and the growth of a young trio in OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet has Toronto in very good hands. The Raptors also may have the best center duo in the league with a combination of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. The additions of Stanley Johnson and Patrick McCaw may not have earned headlines, but both of those players are feisty and fit what the Raptors did last season. The top tier star is gone, but the Raptors won’t go down quietly for an encore. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven home games.
The Pelicans are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Raptors are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto and 5-13-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Raptors last 11 Tuesday games. The over is 5-2 in Pelicans last 7 overall.
Ring night can be overwhelming and exhausting for the home team, as it's a lengthy celebration that throws the rhythm off and can really impact players who are creature of habit. We've seen sluggish performances in the past from defending champions in their season opener. With that said, the Pelicans are a young team that lacks depth and will now be without Zion Williamson. Even without Kawhi, the Toronto Raptors are quite deep and return majority of the key players who made a championship possible. The Raptors also beat the hell out of teams last year in games Kawhi rested, so we already know what this team can do. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the champs.