The NEW ORLEANS and the TORONTO will both be gunning for a victory on 11/12/2018 at 7:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS vs TORONTO RAPTORS
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, November 12, 2018
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
TV: 7:35 PM
PREDICTION: TORONTO , NEW ORLEANS
Oddsmakers currently have the TORONTO listed as 7 point favorites versus the NEW ORLEANS, while the game’s total is sitting at 229.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans got the chance to correct some things and notch a pair of wins at home against the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns, but things are about to get tougher. The Pelicans will get a chance to show just how much progress they’ve really made since a six-game losing streak when they visit the NBA-best Toronto Raptors on Monday in the opener of a two-game trip.
The Pelicans surrendered an average of 123.7 points during the six-game slide but held both Chicago and Phoenix under 100 and came out of the two-game homestand feeling good about themselves. “It was real big for us,” New Orleans forward Anthony Davis told reporters of earning the two wins. “You know you can’t get too far down in the West or it’s going to be trouble trying to get back up in the standings, so, for us to come back home and take care of home court, it was big time for us. It gives us a little confidence going into two tough games. You know they (Toronto Raptors) are the number one team in the East, right, so it’s going to be another big road trip for us. We’ve got to come out with both of them.” The Raptors are enjoying a six-game winning streak and opened a three-game homestand by cruising past the New York Knicks 128-112 on Saturday. Stars Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard combined for just 13 field-goal attempts as Toronto showed off the depth of its roster in the easy win.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS New Orleans, Sportsnet One (Toronto)
ABOUT THE PELICANS (6-6): Davis enjoyed a pair of solid games in the brief homestand and New Orleans got a big boost on Saturday from reserve power forward Julius Randle, who stepped into the starting lineup with Nikola Mirotic (ankle) unable to go. Randle delivered 22 points and 15 rebounds in a season-high 38 minutes while adding three assists and a pair of blocks. “He (did) a good job finding his niche with this team,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters of Randle. “Knowing when to roll, knowing when to post up, and knowing when to step out on the floor. He does a good job pushing the ball when he rebounds it. It is just a good fit all-around for our team.”
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (12-1): Toronto had 10 players record at least six field-goal attempts in Saturday’s win, and the team’s depth is impressing its opponents. “That’s why they’re so good,” Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. told reporters after Saturday’s contest. “They have that supporting cast that comes into the game and they take care of business. It’s as simple as that. They came down there and made their open shots, got to the free-throw line, defended pretty well.” Power forward Pascal Siakam recorded a career-high 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the win while center Jonas Valanciunas collected 19 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
1. Mirotic (ankle) and PG Elfrid Payton (ankle) are both day-to-day for the Pelicans.
2. Raptors SG OG Anunoby is averaging 14.7 points on 19-of-32 shooting over the last three games.
3. Toronto is enjoying a six-game winning streak in the series.
PREDICTION: Raptors 125, Pelicans 115