Pelicans vs Raptors Prediction NBA Picks Today 2/5

Pelicans vs Raptors Prediction NBA Picks Today 2/5

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New Orleans, LA; February 5, 2024, 6:00 p.m. CST

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
6:00 PM +11.5 (-110) o232.5 (-115) +475
- -11.5 (-110) u232.5 (-105) -650

 

Game Overview

The Toronto Raptors (17-32) face the New Orleans Pelicans (28-21) in what promises to be an intriguing matchup on February 5, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. CST. The Pelicans, well-rested and playing at home, aim to capitalize on the fatigue of the Toronto Raptors, who played a double-overtime game in Oklahoma the night before and had to travel to New Orleans.

The Smoothie King Center in New Orleans will set the stage for this clash between the struggling Raptors and the surging Pelicans. Let's analyze the key factors that could influence the outcome of this game.

 

Team Statistics

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors, led by S. Barnes, have had a challenging season with a record of 17-32. Despite Barnes' impressive scoring, the team has struggled to find consistency. Recent losses, including a double-overtime defeat in Oklahoma, have added to their woes.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans, on the other hand, boast a 28-21 record, showcasing their prowess in the Southwest Standings. With Z. Williamson leading the charge, the Pelicans have displayed a balanced offensive and defensive game. Their recent victories, including a hard-fought win against the Spurs, highlight their resilience.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries could play a crucial role in this matchup.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have Jontay Porter listed as a game-time decision for February 5, adding uncertainty to their lineup. The fatigue from the double-overtime game might also impact player performances.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have key players like Larry Nance Jr., Zion Williamson, and Herbert Jones listed as game-time decisions. If they are available, it could strengthen the Pelicans' position significantly.

 

Recent Performances

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are coming off a challenging stretch, with losses to Houston and Chicago. The double-overtime defeat against Houston showcased their resilience but also exposed vulnerabilities.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans secured a narrow victory against the Spurs, demonstrating their ability to grind out tough wins. Their recent success reflects a team in good form and high spirits.

 

Prediction

Considering the Raptors' recent struggles and the fatigue from a double-overtime game, the Pelicans hold a significant advantage in this matchup. The -11.5 points spread suggests the oddsmakers expect a convincing win for the Pelicans, and we agree.

The Raptors' potential absence of key players and the Pelicans' well-rested roster create a favorable scenario for New Orleans. The Pelicans, especially with the possible return of impactful players like Zion Williamson, Larry Nance Jr., and Herbert Jones, have the depth and energy to dominate the weary Raptors.

Our prediction leans heavily toward the New Orleans Pelicans covering the -11.5 points spread. The home-court advantage, coupled with the Raptors' challenging schedule, makes the Pelicans the clear favorites in this matchup.

Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -11.5

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