Toronto Raptors VS New Orleans Pelicans

NBA Basketball 07:30 PM ET

Friday

12/23/2020

TSN, Fox Sports

Spread: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5

Over/Under: 229.5

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The New Orleans Pelicans will play against the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at 7:30 PM, EST.

The Pelicans continued to gain momentum after winning their recent preseason match against the Milwaukee Bucks last Friday. New Orleans owned the first half with an early 2-point advantage at 59-57 over Milwaukee. The Pelicans continued to dominate the court with an additional 68 points, while the Bucks only managed 56. The squad successfully maintained their lead as they reigned as victors at a close match at 127-113.

New Orleans topped 51.2% of their FGs on 44-86 attempts while the squad successfully aimed 12 of 33 of their 3-point shots for 36.4%. The team had 51 rebounds with 61.4% for making 27 of 44 free-throw attempts. The Pelicans lead the Southwest Division for the Western Conference with a record of 2 wins and 0 losses.

Zion Williamson led the team with 31 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Lonzo Ball made a whopping 19 points along with 5 rebounds and 9 assists, while Eric Bledsoe chipped in an additional 14 points for the team. JJ Redicks came off the bench to contribute 18 more points and 1 rebound for the team. With their performance in the recent 5 matches, the New Orleans Pelicans are at 1-4 SU and 1-4 ATS.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors Predictions 12/23/2020

The Toronto Raptors ended their 2-game winning streak after falling prey to Miami Heat in their recent game. It was a tight match-up as players from rival teams kept each other in check with solid defenses. Miami took the lead with a 2-point advantage during the first half of the game. The Raptors were powerless as the intimidating Heats continued with sparking offense and managed to make 68 more for the team in the remaining minutes. The Raptors tried to even out the gap but were unsuccessful as they only managed 49 points. Ending the game at 117-105, the Toronto Raptors picked up their 1st loss.

The team dropped their FGs for 38% on 35-92 attempts while making 35.6% of their 3 pointers on 21-59 shooting. They hit 14-19 on free throws for 73.7%. The squad ranks 4th for the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference with 2 wins and 1 loss.

Kyle Lowry was the highest scorer in the game with 25 points and 3 assists, while Pascal Siakam dropped 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Chris Boucher entered the match to score double digits at 12 points, along with 1 rebound, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.  The squad is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and 15-5 SU in their previous 20 matches.

New Orleans Pelicans VS Toronto Raptors. The NBA pick is the New Orleans Pelicans +4.5. The Toronto Raptors are a strong team with a proven track record of success in previous seasons. With head coach Nick Nurse known for installing a variety of zone defenses, the New Orleans Pelicans should use it as an advantage in developing strategies to counter and evade the Raptors’ defenses. The Pelicans are impressively showing a better team play and are close to becoming one of the premier teams in the NBA.

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NBA Starting Time: 7:30 PM, EST

Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida

Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

TV: TSN, Fox Sports

NBA Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5

NBA Totals: 229.5

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