Pelicans vs. Raptors Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Raptors are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 216 points.
New Orleans comes in with a 6-5 record after a 117-112 win at the Pacers. Toronto is 6-4 following a 119-114 home victory over the Bulls. The Raptors won both meetings straight up last season and went 1-1 ATS. The over-under went 1-1.
The Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis as he poured in 37 points to go with 14 rebounds in the win at Indiana. DeMarcus Cousins put in 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Darius Miller added 12 points off the bench. New Orleans outscored the hosts 56-37 in the second half.
In the Raptors' win over Chicago, DeMar Derozan scored a team-best 24 points. Jonas Valunciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Lowry added 17 points, six assists and six rebounds. Toronto was outscored 33-21 in the fourth quarter but had built up a big enough lead through three quarters.
New Orleans is 3-11-1 in the last 15 meetings. The under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Toronto.
New Orleans has picked up steam recently as Davis and Cousins continue to batter opponents with huge numbers nightly. The Raptors are a solid team defensively, but the Pelicans duo is basically matchup-proof. Bet on the Pelicans to continue their strong play and stay within the number here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS +5.5