New Orleans Pelicans (@2.75) vs Toronto Raptors (@1.5)

Our Prediction:

Toronto Raptors will win

New Orleans Pelicans – Toronto Raptors Match Prediction | 20-08-2019

The Pelicans are on the verge of elimination with 47.0 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 5.6 blocks, and 7.5 steals per ball game. The team is 3-7 SU in its last 10 home matches and 1-6 SU in its last 7 Smoothie King Arena matches against the Raptors. New Orleans is is 12th in the West with a 30-37 win/loss score and presently ranks 22nd in the League. New Orleans is still converting 115.8 ppg at 47.8% from the field and limits opponents at 115.0 ppg. PF Anthony Davis is still the leader of the Pelicans scorers with 26.8 ppg, 51.3% in FG shooting, and 79.6% from the charity stripe.

However, they could not capitalize on it as they too lost two straight games. At 46-19, they are at the second spot in the East but can still clinch the first seed if they remain consistent for the remainder of the regular season. The Toronto Raptors had the opportunity to get closer to the top of the standings after the Milwaukee Bucks lost two straight games.

Toronto is 20th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on the defensive end. As a team they are 2nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 10th in the league. The Raptors are 2nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 116.5, and their defensive rating of 106.7 is ranked 8th. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 25th in the league. In terms of pace they are 10th in the league with 101.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 56% is 2nd.

Toronto is second in the east with 46-19 win/loss card and now ranks 2nd in the League. PG Kawhi Leonard leads the Toronto scorers with 27.0 ppg, 49.3% in FG shooting, and 86.8% from the charity lane. Toronto is producing 113.9 ppg at 46.8% from the field and restricts rival teams at 108.8 ppg. The Raptors have 45.1 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 5.2 blocks, and 8.3 steals per outing. The team is 4-1 SU in its last 5 matches on the road and 6-1 SU in its last 7 matches against the Pelicans.

Fantasy tip

Toronto PG Fred VanVleet will be on the sidelines nursing a fractured thumb in this match. The Raptors dominated the match-up with a 12-6 score between the two. Davis is still in a limited playing time mode allowing opponents to stay close in the match. The NBA Pick for this match is Toronto Raptors -4.5. Predicted to win the contest is the Raptors at a score of 117-112. PG Jrue Holiday will miss this contest with an abdominal strain. Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans.

The Raptors surrender 108.1 points per contest, which ranks them 9th in the NBA. They are 2nd in the league in shooting at 49%, while their average scoring margin is 9.9. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 6th and 17th in those defensive statistics. The Raptors are 21st in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.9 per game. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 46.8 boards per game, and 7th in assists per contest with 25.2. Toronto is 3rd in the league with 117.9 points per game this year. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 17th in the NBA. They rank 16th with 23.5 assists allowed per contest and 8th with 44.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Raptors are 21st in turnovers per game with 13.7.

DeRozan has made a killing backing down opponents and slashing his way to the lane to get to the foul line, and the Raptors are fourth in the NBA offensively in paint points at 48.6 per game. E'Twaun Moore may need to lay off a half-step defensively but also keep in mind to prevent DeRozan from working his mid-range game on his favored right side. Keep DeRozan out of the paint - One would think having a pair of 7-footers would contribute to a lights-out defensive team, but the Pelicans are exactly in the middle of the pack in giving up points in the paint at 42.7 per game.

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What's At Stake?

He averages 1.3 assists per contest and 11.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%. He pulls down 12.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.8 assists per game as well. Anthony Davis comes into this contest averaging 24.6 points per game while playing 37.3 minutes per night this season. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 76%. Nikola Mirotic averages 20.6 points per game in 31.4 minutes per contest this season.

He scored 30 while Julius Randle scored 28 to take down the Utah Jazz. The comeback was keyed by the brilliant Jrue Holiday, who kept the Pelicans in the game via his crafty playmaking and scoring. Whether or not he is in the future plans of the Pelicans is up for debate, but he is certainly one of the NBA's most capable point guards. While Randle does little more than score at this point in his career, Holiday's ability on both ends of the court is fantastic. Unfortunately, he is buried on one of the NBA's least impressive teams.

New Orleans committed 17 lost ball possessions that the Jazz converted to 28 points. While in New Orleans, the Pelicans lost to the visiting Utah Jazz at a score of 104-114 Wednesday night. Davis scored 16 points and block a couple of shots in his limited playing time PF Julius Randle delivered 23, PG Jrue Holiday had 16. PF Anthony Davis is on a 21 minute NBA play limit since violating the CBA agreement of declaring publicly his intention for trade last January 28.