While most of you are likely handicapping the final week of the NFL regular season right now, there’s also a full slate of college basketball and NBA to bet on Saturday. Here’s my Raptors Pelicans NBA parlay.
We’ve seen the majority of NBA teams play 4-5 games at this point in the season.
Game: Toronto Raptors (1-3, 1-3 ATS) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (3-2, 2-3 ATS)
When: 7:35 PM ET, Saturday, January 2nd 2021
Where: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Current Line: Raptors -1 Total: 215
TV Coverage: NBATV
These two teams met in the season-opener and the Pelicans covered ATS in a win (113-99).
Brandon Igram dominated the Raptors in that game, scoring 24 points on 10-19 shooting from the field. Zion Williamson pitched in with 15 points on 7-9 shooting from the field.
As a team, the Pelicans shot 52.5% from the field and 45.2% on three-point shots. Will they be able to score at the same rate in the rematch? I wouldn’t bet on them going 19-42 from deep again.
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Toronto struggled in the opener. Fred Vanvleet only scored 9 points on 3-12 shooting.
The Raptors opened the season with three consecutive losses, but they were able to defeat the NYK (100-83) to find the win column. The win came without Pascal Siakam, as he was benched.
There’s no doubt it’s going to be a long season for the Raptors. They’re used to dominating teams in the East and hanging around the top of the standings, but that isn’t going to happen in 2021.
Turning it Around
With that being said, I love the Raptors to pick up a win in NO.
First off, the Raptors dominate the Pelicans typically. Toronto are 8-2 (6-4 ATS) in the last 10 H2H games against the Pelicans and they’re 16-2 ATS in the last 18 meetings played in NO.
Will Siakam use the benching to refocus and start playing like he’s being paid?
Both teams are healthy and the Pelicans starting line-up is no joke this season. Steven Adams was a great pick-up for this team, as he’s a veteran leader that gets things done without a fuss.
However, the Pelicans offense is still trying to gain more consistency.
Raptors Pelicans NBA Parlay
Both teams are struggling to put up points, so a bet on the under is interesting as well. The Raptors are scoring 101.5 PPG (28th), while the Pelicans are scoring 101.6 PPG (27th).
The over is 5-2-2 in the last nine H2H meetings played in NO, but the under is the bet tonight.
I’ll be betting on the Raptors ATS (-1) and under 215 points for my Raptors Pelicans NBA parlay tonight.
Good luck everyone!
Raptors Pelicans NBA Parlay: Raptors -1 and Under 215 Points
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