New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors Free Prediction

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It will be a battle between two great offenses when the Toronto Raptors (12-1) go head-to-head with the New Orleans Pelicans (6-6) at Scotiabank Arena. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 12, 2018, and will air on NBATV

New Orleans Pelicans at Toronto Raptors Betting Odds

Both teams covered as favorites in their last outing. The Raptors (14-point favorites) defeated the New York Knicks 128-112, while the Pelicans (9-point favorites) beat the Phoenix Suns 119-99. The Toronto game finished 23 points over the projected point total of 217, while the New Orleans game went 10.5 points under the projected point total of 228.5

New Orleans played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 37.2 (above their season average of 24.7) and a free throw rate of 0.279 (above their season average of 0.230). Phoenix was 20.8 and 0.221, respectively, for those same stats. The Raptors, meanwhile, knocked down 30 of their 40 free throws (75.0 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.620 (above their season average of 0.554). Jonas Valanciunas was a key piece for Toronto with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Davis, meanwhile had a solid performance for New Orleans, finishing with 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists

The Raptors dominated this series last year, emerging victorious in both games. In the most recent game, Toronto won 125-116. Toronto’s free throw rate was their biggest strength over New Orleans. The Raptors had a rate of 0.250, while the Pelicans posted a mark of 0.154. This is the first time these teams will meet this year

Of the Pelicans’ 12 games, six have finished over, five have finished under and one has pushed. New Orleans comes into the contest with records of 6-6 straight up (SU) and 5-7 against the spread (ATS)

Of the Raptors’ 13 games, 9 have finished over the O/U total. Additionally, Toronto owns records of 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS

The Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 22.6 points, 10.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka has averaged 19.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals during that same time frame for the Raptors

Toronto could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their high-powered offense squares off against one of the NBA’s worst defenses. The Raptors rank second in offensive efficiency, while New Orleans ranks 24th in defensive efficiency.

Pelicans vs. Raptors Odds Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Raptors, ATS Winner – Raptors, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • The Raptors average 5.7 blocks per game, which ranks 10th in the league. The Pelicans rank 12th in blocks allowed per game (5.2)
  • Toronto ranks sixth in steals per game (8.6) while New Orleans ranks 25th in steals allowed per game (8.5)
  • The Raptors rank fourth in fast break points per game (19.4) while the Pelicans rank 19th in fast break points allowed per game (15.4)
  • Toronto ranks seventh in assists per game (25.2) while New Orleans ranks 22nd in assists allowed per game (25.3)
  • Toronto ranks eighth in points off turnovers per game (18.9) while New Orleans ranks 14th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.7)
  • The Raptors average 53.2 points in the paint per game, which ranks sixth in the league. The Pelicans rank 25th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.8)
  • The Raptors rank ninth in three pointers attempted per game (33.8) while the Pelicans rank 18th in three pointers allowed per game (32.0)
  • New Orleans ranks fifth in rebounds allowed per game (43.3) while Toronto ranks sixth (44.1)
  • New Orleans ranks third in second chance points allowed per game (11.1) while Toronto ranks 18th (14.5)
  • New Orleans is 2-0 when they allow below 100 points, while Toronto is 1-0
  • When reaching 100 points, the Raptors are 12-1 and the Pelicans are 6-5
  • New Orleans is 2-4 ATS on the road, while Toronto is 4-3 ATS at home
  • In 6 road games, the Pelicans have 4 overs and 2 unders
  • The Raptors have 6 overs and 1 under in 7 home games

Bettings Trends:

  • In their last five games, New Orleans and Toronto have both had 3 unders and 2 overs
  • The Raptors are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Pelicans are 1-4
  • During their last five games, the Raptors have scored an average of 118.8 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 106.6 points per game (1.5 below their season average)
  • The Pelicans have been outscored by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. On the season, New Orleans has defeated opponents by an average of 0.7 points.