The Toronto Raptors (17-32) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (28-21) on Monday, February 5th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on BSNO. The Pelicans are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Spurs. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Raptors vs Pelicans
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Toronto’s most recently played the Thunder and lost with a final score of 135-127. In the face of their straight-up loss, the Raptors did coverthe spread as +8.5 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 237.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
As they prepare for the Pelicans, the Raptors come in with a 17-32 overall record and are looking to end their two game losing skid. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Raptors are 11-21 compared to going 6-11 in non-conference matchups.
Toronto arrives with an ATS record of 24-25 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Raptors have an ATS record of 14-12 compared to a 10-13 record vs. the spread at home.
The Pelicans Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Pelicans took down the Spurs by a score of 114-113. The Pelicans were favored by -8.5 heading into the game, but their 1 point victory failed to cover the spread. As for the over/under, the combined score of 227 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 234.
On the road this season, the Pelicans are 14-11 while going 14-10 at home. Overall, the Pelicans come in at 28-21 and are 2-1 in their last three games.
New Orleans comes in with an overall ATS record of 27-22 so far this season. The Pelicans currently have a two game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 13-13 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
This season, the Toronto offense is ranked 19th in the NBA in scoring at 114.6 points per game.
Heading into their matchup with the Pelicans, the Raptors are averaging 114.6 points per game, which ranks 19th in the NBA. However, when playing on the road, they are scoring 117.0 points per game, which is 10th in the league.
In terms of pace, Toronto is 14th in the NBA at 99 possessions per game. They are also 11th in field goal percentage at 47%. When it comes to two-point shooting, the Raptors are 16th in the league at 54%.
So far this season, Toronto has made an average of 11.8 three-pointers per game, which is 24th in the NBA. In terms of free-throw shooting, they are 21st in attempts and 21st in three-point shooting percentage.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
Through 49 games games, New Orleans is averaging 116.4 points per game (13th).
At home, the Pelicans are averaging 116.1 points per game this season (15th). Overall, they are 13th in the NBA at 116.4 PPG. In terms of pace, New Orleans is 18th at 98.3 possessions per game.
So far, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 51.0% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th at 48%. When it comes to two-point shooting, New Orleans is 14th in the league at 54%.
From beyond the arc, the Pelicans are 10th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. However, they are just 18th in three-point makes at 12 per game. In terms of free throws, New Orleans is 9th in makes (18.9) and 6th in attempts (24.7).
Raptors Team Defense
On defense, the Raptors come into the game ranked 19th in the league in points allowed at 117.3 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 125.7 points per contest (19th). For the season, Toronto is ranked 24th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 20.0 free-throws per game vs. the Raptors and have an overall field goal percentage of 48.9%.
Pelicans Team Defense
So far, the Pelicans’ defense is ranked 12th in the league at 112.9 points per contest. 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.
Key Players For The Raptors And Pelicans
In today’s game, our projections have RJ Barrett leading the Raptors with 19 points on 7/15 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 19.2 points per game, along with 5.2 rebounds.
As for New Orleans, Brandon Ingram is projected to be the primary scorer for the Pelicans. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 22, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48.8%, and his scoring average is 21.4 points per game.
Raptors vs Pelicans Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Toronto has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 117 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- In their last five games at home, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 114 points per game in this stretch.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Raptors have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 3-2.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Pelicans have an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 against the spread.
For a point-spread bet in this Raptors vs. Pelicans matchup, we’re leaning towards the Raptors at +11.5. Although our projections show the Pelicans winning 115-114, we suggest placing your bet on the Raptors for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 231.5, and our model projects the Raptors and Pelicans to reach a combined total of 229 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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