Toronto Raptors @ New Orleans Pelicans Free Betting Prediction February 23rd

I was incorrect on my last Raptors free betting prediction as the Hawks (-5.5) were destroyed 105-80 by the Raptors on Friday. I am now 18-23 in Raptors free betting predictions. Tonight the 37-18 Toronto Raptors travel to New Orleans to face the 28-27 Pelicans.

(37-18) Toronto Raptors @ (28-27) New Orleans Pelicans



Probable starting line-ups:

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – James Johnson  PF – Amir Johnson

New Orleans – Point Guard – Tyreke Evans  Shooting Guard – Eric Gordon  Center – Omer Asik  Small Forward – Quincy Pondexter  Power Forward – Alexis Ajinca

Stats Leaders:

Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 18.3  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.6  APG – Kyle Lowry 7.2

New Orleans – Points Per Game – Anthony Davis 23.9  Rebounds Per Game – Anthony Davis 10.3  Assists Per Game – Jrue Holiday 7.1

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Toronto – PF – 105.1 (5th)  PA – 100.3 (19th)

New Orleans – Points For (Per Game) – 99.7 (17th)  Points Against (Per Game) – 99.5 (15th)


The Toronto Raptors had their 3 game winning streak halted with a 98-76 defeat at Houston on Saturday. Power forward led the way with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting in 35 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks. He was 6 of 8 from the foul line. Center Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 7 rebounds. He was 3 of 5 from the field in 25 minutes. Point guard Kyle Lowry netted 11 points on 2 of 13 shooting in 37 minutes. He was 7 of 10 from the free throw line. He had 4 assists. He was a dismal 0 of 7 from the 3 point line. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan contributed with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. He was 4 of 14 from the field in 38 minutes. The team shot 32.5% from the field, 22.2% from the 3 point line (4-18), and 78.6% from the free throw line (22-28). The Raptors were out-rebounded 52-39. The team scored less than 20 points in 3 of the 4 quarters. Toronto is 16-9 on the road this season. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. They are 11-1 in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. Tonight is also the 3rd game of a 4 game road trip. Tomorrow night they play at Dallas.

The New Orleans Pelicans snapped their 4 game losing skid with a 105-91 victory at Miami on Saturday. Shooting guard Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points on 7 of 18 shooting in 40 minutes. He was 6 of 11 from the 3 point line. He also had 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Center Omer Asik scored 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting in 32 minutes. He also pulled down 9 rebounds. Point guard Tyreke Evans chipped in with 13 points on 4 of 14 shooting in 39 minutes. He also had 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. New Pelicans point guard Norris Cole contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds. He was 4 of 9 from the field in 30 minutes. The team shot 42.2% from the field, 38.1% from the 3 point line line (8-21), and 87.1% from the free throw line (27-31). The team was out-rebounded 45-41. They took a 20 point lead in to the 4th quarter. New Orleans is 17-10 at home this season. Tonight is the start of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus Brooklyn.

In their first meeting this season New Orleans held on for a 95-93 win at Toronto. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the Raptors and Pelicans.


I keep underestimating the Raptors and it’s been hurting my overall record on this site. The Pelicans will be without star forward Anthony Davis. That will be tough to overcome against a quality team like the Raptors. The Raptors will get a nice road win this evening. Take the Raptors -7 (1.86) (Bet365)

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Our resident NBA expert, Jeff has been handicapping NBA games for several years. He is an avid follower of the Toronto Raptors and the majority of games he handicaps will involve our lone Canadian NBA team.

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