Pelicans Vs Raptors | 2019 NBA Opening Night Betting Odds & Pick
New Orleans Pelicans At Toronto Raptors Odds And Pick
Opening night in the NBA will be different from what we have seen in the past.
For the first time, there will be an NBA Championship banner ceremony in Toronto. The Raptors host the Zion-less New Orleans Pelicans in the first game of the season.
Below is our analysis of the Pelicans at Raptors betting odds and game pick.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Lines
|+7 (-110)||Spread||-7 (-110)|
|O 231.5 (-110)||Total||U 231.5 (-110)|
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What The NBA Odds Say About The Pelicans vs. Raptors Matchup
The betting line opened last week with the Raptors -5 and spent a lot of time at -5.5 until the news about Zion broke. The number one pick in the NBA draft won’t be around for the first few weeks due to a knee injury.
Now the Raptors are -7 at home. 56% of the betting public is taking Toronto to cover the spread at home.
Why Bet On The New Orleans Pelicans?
When New Orleans was favored with the number one pick in the 2019 draft, the franchise knew they had a franchise-changing scenario in their hands.
Selecting Zion means they are not only must-see TV but a team that will be aiming for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs right away. His absence, without time to prepare for it, might hurt the team in this first game.
Zion – Offensive Powerhouse – Out For This Game
Zion has been a highlight reel on social media during the preseason and has dominated opponents from top to bottom. Yes, I get that we are talking about the preseason, but he’s averaging 23.3 points per game during limited playing time.
No other rookie has averaged 20.0 PPG during the preseason. Kevin Durant was the highest-scoring player averaging 18.8 PPG during the 2007-08 season.
Now the Pelicans need to show up as a team in Toronto and give a maximum effort to replace whatever Zion was bringing on both sides of the ball.
Great Talent In Ball & Holiday
Having a backcourt with Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday sure helps. The team will find baskets from Brandon Ingram and veteran three-point shooter JJ Redick. They had put together a solid team to help Zion shine. Now they just need to show they are good enough without him.
Why Bet On The Toronto Raptors?
The Raptors’ magical season under the wings of Kawhi Leonard is in the past. With the Klaw now as a member of the LA Clippers, Toronto needs to turn their eyes to an excellent but somehow unproven core of players.
From the championship team from last season, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, Fred Van Vleet, and Pascal Siakam are still there. The question is whether all of them will be good enough to fill the absent Leonard.
Pascal Siakam became a solid player last season, and especially in the playoffs, his game took a step forward. Now the eyes of the North are on him, expecting to become the next superstar for the franchise.
Losing Green Was Also A Big Hit
An underrated loss in the summer is the departure of Danny Green to the Los Angeles Lakers. Green was perfect for the ball movement the Raptors loved to play last season. Whenever they needed a three-point shot – Green made some big shots.
Green and Leonard’s playing style will be hard to replace, and it will be particularly evident in the first games of the season.
New Orleans Pelicans At Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction
The Pelicans announced on Friday that Zion wouldn’t be around in the first few weeks of the NBA season due to knee soreness. There isn’t a clear idea of how bad the injury is, but for this night alone, his absence will be a significant factor.
The Raptors will unveil their championship banner, and the moment will feel surreal for the city. Even though the team must replace Kahwi Leonard and Danny Green, they should take care of business on this special night in Toronto. Bet Raptors -7.
Our Expert NBA Bet: Toronto Raptors -7
Pelicans vs. Raptors Game Information
- Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
- TV: Venue
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