2019-20 NBA – New Orleans Pelicans @ Toronto Raptors Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is New Orleans Pelicans @ Toronto Raptors taking place? Wednesday 23rd October, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is New Orleans Pelicans @ Toronto Raptors taking place? Scotiabank Arena

What television channel is New Orleans Pelicans @ Toronto Raptors on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream New Orleans Pelicans @ Toronto Raptors? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for New Orleans Pelicans @ Toronto Raptors? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? New Orleans Pelicans 104 – 127 Toronto Raptors

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

  • The New Orleans Pelicans suffered a poor season as they finished in 13th place of the Western Conference with a 33-49 record. They scored 115.4 points per game, but also allowed 116.8 PPG – the joint-highest mark in the Western Conference.
  • New Orleans should have a very different roster ahead of the upcoming 2019-20 season after parting ways with star center Anthony Davis and promising power forward Julius Randle, but acquiring several young players such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, as well as veterans J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors. Plus, they selected forward Zion Williamson with the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • There’s no question the Pelicans should be an improved team from last season. However, they are not a lock to make the playoffs since one of the things conspiring against them will be their lack of experience. They should at least be in the conversation for a postseason berth if things go their way.

TORONTO RAPTORS

  • The Raptors stunned the world last season, as they won the 2018-19 NBA title led by the stellar play of Kawhi Leonard. The Raps finished the season as the second-best team in the Eastern Conference (58-24) and then defeated the Orlando Magic, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks to reach the Finals. Toronto topped the Golden State Warriors in six games to win the franchise’s first-ever Larry O’Brien Trophy.
  • Unfortunately for the Canadian fanbase, the Raptors lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green during free agency since they joined the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers respectively. They added guards Matt Thomas, Stanley Johnson, Cameron Payne and power forward Rondae-Hollis Jefferson.
  • The Raptors need to be realistic since they won’t be able to repeat their impressive NBA title run from last season. However, they have enough depth and talent in the squad to be considered as a playoff contender. How far they can go will likely depend on the matchup they receive.

THE PREDICTION

It’s hard to imagine how the Raptors will work without Kawhi Leonard since he was such an integral part of the squad last season. Meanwhile, the Pelicans will have a lot of talent, but lots of new faces and teams that undergo massive changes usually take some time to gel and reach their peak of performance. With that in mind, the Raptors should be considered as favourites into this game.

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