New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 09, 2022

Brandon Ingram, Pelicans, 2022

The Pelicans have played well in Toronto as of late, going 4-1 against the spread in the last 5 visits.

New Orleans
36-46
AT
January 09, 2022, 6:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
48-34
Pointspread +7.5 -109
Moneyline +245
Over / Under o +220.5

22%

Betting Action

78%

Pointspread -7.5 -111
Moneyline -297
Over / Under u +220.5

22%

Betting Action

78%

Former Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas and the New Orleans Pelicans make their lone visit of the season to Toronto on Sunday with the Raptors favoured on the NBA odds.

Pelicans vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

Sunday is the first of two meetings between the teams with Toronto going to New Orleans on Valentine’s Day.

Former Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas is in his first season with the Pelicans, acquired this off-season in a three-way trade in which Valanciunas came from Memphis. He’s having another terrific year in averaging 18.6 points and 11.9 rebounds and putting up double-doubles nearly every game, but the Pelicans stink because they haven’t had former No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson yet this season and at this point it frankly would be a surprise if he plays at all due to a fractured foot.

Every update involving Zion is negative and last Wednesday it was announced he would continue rehab away from the team. There’s no scenario where that’s a positive. Originally, the Pels told the public that Zion would be ready for the start of the season. What a joke. At this point, Williamson might have to be considered a bust; he is spectacular when on the court but rarely is because of injury – at least some of which can be contributed to Williamson often being overweight.

New Orleans beat Toronto twice early in the 2020-21 season but the Raptors lead all-time 25-16 and 11-9 as the home team. The teams have split the past 10 against the spread.

New Orleans Pelicans

Other than Zion Williamson, the Pelicans are pretty healthy. They snapped a three-game losing streak by “upsetting” the visiting Warriors 101-96 on Thursday, and we put that in quotes because Golden State rested Steph Curry and Draymond Green, so New Orleans should have won even as a slight dog. Brandon Ingram had shot just 22.2 per cent in the previous two games but was 12-for-20 for 32 points.

The team appears to have gotten a second-round steal in rookie Herb Jones out of Alabama as he’s a defensive dynamo. Jones had 13 points and five steals in the win. He’s averaging 3.3 steals this month and it will be very fun watching him and Dinos rookie Scottie Barnes matched up. The Pels have Toronto native Nickeil Alexander-Walker on the roster and he’s a regular in the rotation, starting about half the time depending on injury. Solid player averaging 13.4 ppg.

Toronto Raptors

Will Toronto catch another break here? The Bucks were without their best player in Wednesday’s Dinos win and the Jazz essentially punted Friday by sitting most notable players – bettors, there may be an advantage here with the stricter COVID rules in Canada. Sure, the Jazz listed a several guys as injured in Friday’s 122-108 Utah loss and a few tested positive, but it’s simply easier for opposing clubs to sit guys when traveling from the USA to Canada to avoid any issues. Fred VanVleet had his first career triple-double in the win and burnished his All-Star case with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

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