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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