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New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors 10/22/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors 10/22/2019 Picks Predictions Previews
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The New Orleans Pelicans will start the season opener with a new lineup to battle the Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday evening. The match between the defending champions and the number one picker of the drafts will shine lesser with the absence of former Raptors SF Kawhi Leonard (transferred to LA Clippers) and PF Zion Williamson on a sore right knee.

The Pelicans won their 5 straight NBA preseason games starting with 2 road matches over the Hawks (133-109) at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia followed by its victory over the Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The third win was against the visiting Utah Jazz (128-127) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The next two games were against the Spurs (123-114) at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas and from its recent victory over the Knicks ( 117-116) Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York. But that was with PF Zion Williamson; without him, it is another set of ball game for the Pelicans.

While in Toronto, the Raptors will just have to move on and contend with their ex-MVP, Kawhi Leonard who left them for a generous offer at the Los Angeles Clippers ball club. Players at the age and NBA status of Kawhi, there is no sense of loyalty before you retire; with the skill and capacity to bring a team to the championship rounds, they tend to get the best offer that goes around. The Golden Clippers it is.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors Predictions 10/22/2019

Toronto Raptors management brought in SFs Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson to fill up the void left by the departure of Leonard. These players are point producers but the points contribution of Kawhi must be filled up by the team. The Raptors have OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, and Pat McCaw to lead the team and of course the most improved player of last season, Pascal Siakam who averaged 19 points per game and got a 4 year contract extension to the tune of $130 million.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors. The NBA Pick for the season opener is the Toronto Raptors -7.5. The Pelicans have brutal schedule ahead of them and the absence of PF Rookie Zion Williamson will affect the team’s performance. The first week will be tough for New Orleans beginning with the Raptors, Mavs, Rockets, Warriors and the Nuggets. Toronto will take advantage of Williamson’s absence but the Pelicans will keep this match close by and could possibly turn things around if its starters play it right. Predicted to win this match is the Raptors to a score of 121-112.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors 10/22/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 8:00 PM EST

Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto Canada

Date: October 22, 2019


NBA Odds: Toronto Raptors -7.5

NBA Totals Odds: 231.5

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