Raptors vs Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks Free 3/5

Raptors vs Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks Free 3/5

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Raptors vs Pelicans; March 5, 2024, 5:30 p.m. EST

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
5:30 PM NO -7.5 (-110) o229.5 (-105) -340
- TOR +7.5 (-110) u229.5 (-115) +270

Game Overview

The New Orleans Pelicans (36-25) face the Toronto Raptors (23-38) on March 5, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. EST. The Pelicans are favored to win against the struggling Raptors, and the over of 229.5 points looks enticing in this matchup.

 

Recent Performances

New Orleans Pelicans:

The Pelicans are coming off a convincing win against the Indiana Pacers, where they scored 129 points. With Zion Williamson leading the charge, the Pelicans have been an offensive force, averaging over 115 points per game in their last five outings.

Toronto Raptors:

The Raptors have been inconsistent lately, but they managed to secure a win against the Charlotte Hornets in their last game. However, their defensive struggles have been evident, and they've allowed over 120 points in multiple recent matchups.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

New Orleans Pelicans:

The Pelicans have no significant injuries reported, and their key players, including Zion Williamson and Jonas Valančiūnas, are healthy and ready to contribute to the team's success.

Toronto Raptors:

The Raptors will be without key players like Jakob Poeltl and Scottie Barnes due to injuries. Their absence could further weaken the Raptors' defense, making it more likely for this game to be high-scoring.

 

Prediction

Given the offensive firepower of both teams and the defensive vulnerabilities of the Raptors due to key injuries, the over of 229.5 points seems like a favorable pick in this matchup.

The Pelicans have been scoring at a high rate recently, and facing a depleted Raptors defense should allow them to continue their offensive onslaught. Meanwhile, the Raptors, despite their struggles, have been able to put up points against weaker defensive teams.

Pick: Over 229.5 points

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