At 8:00 ET, the Toronto Raptors will visit the New Orleans Pelicans in a non-conference matchup. The Pelicans (-673) are currently favored by 11.5 points over the Raptors (+463), and the over/under line is set at 231.5 points.
BSNO will have TV coverage of the game, which will be played at the Smoothie King Center. The Raptors are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 17-32 record and have lost two straight games. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 7th in the Western Conference at 28-21 and have won two straight.
TORONTO RAPTORS VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Toronto Raptors +11.5
This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, February 5th.
WHY BET THE TORONTO RAPTORS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-114 in favor of the Pelicans.
- Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 14 threes.
Can The Raptors Secure a Road Victory?
The Raptors have lost their last two games and are 17-32 on the season. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 12th place.
Toronto’s ATS record for the season is 24-25, including a 14-12 record on the road. As the underdog, they are 9-24 and have gone 17-16 vs. the spread on the road.
This season, the Raptors have been the underdog in 33 of their 49 games. As the underdog, their ATS record is 17-16, and they are 9-24 straight-up.
In their most recent game, the Raptors lost to the Thunder by a score of 135-127. The O/U line for that game was 237.5, and Toronto covered the spread as 8.5-point underdogs.
This season, the Raptors have an O/U record of 26-22-1, and the over has hit in their last two games. On average, their games have seen a combined scoring total of 231.9 points.
On the season, the Raptors are 19th in scoring at 114.6 points per game. However, they are actually averaging more points on the road (117.0) compared to their home games (111.8).
When it comes to pace, Toronto is 14th in the league at 99 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 11th overall at 47%.
One area where the Raptors excel is in getting to the free-throw line, as they are 16th in free throw attempts. They are also 7th in offensive rebounds and 2nd in assists.
At this time, the Raptors’ defense is positioned 19th in the NBA, permitting 117.3 points per game. Opponents are hitting 56.0% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.4% of their three-point attempts.
Will New Orleans Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?
The Pelicans are favored by 11.5 points today and have gone 16-10 as the favorite this season. In the Western Conference, they are currently 7th and lead the Southwest Division.
New Orleans has won two straight games and has an overall record of 28-21. In their last game, they defeated the Spurs by a score of 114-113. The Pelicans were favored by 8.5 points in that game, but did not cover the spread.
This season, the Pelicans have an ATS record of 27-22, going 13-13 vs. the spread as the favorite and 14-9 as the favorite. At home, they are 14-10 ATS and have an average scoring differential of +4.5 points per game.
In Pelicans games this season, the average O/U line is 230.2 points, and their games have averaged 229.3 points. The under has hit in three straight games for the Pelicans.
In their last game, the Pelicans were favored by 8.5 points and won by a score of 114-113. The O/U line for that game was 234 points.
When it comes to scoring, the Pelicans are 13th in the league at 116.4 points per game. At home, they are averaging 116.1 points compared to 116.8 on the road. Overall, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in 51% of their games.
So far this season, the Pelicans have been one of the better shooting teams in the league. They are 9th in field goal percentage at 48% and 9th in true shooting percentage. From beyond the arc, they are 10th in three-point shooting at 37%.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Pelicans are 6th in the league in attempts at 24.7 per game. In terms of pace, they are 18th at 98.3 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 12th in the league at 26.8 per game.
On defense, the Pelicans come into the game ranked 12th in the league in points allowed at 112.9 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 110 points per contest (12th). The New Orleans defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.4% of their field goal attempts vs. New Orleans.