New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 1/9/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
The New Orleans Pelicans (14-25) are en route to Scotiabank Arena on Sunday where they will take on the Toronto Raptors (19-17).
The Pelicans faced the Warriors and walked away with a win by a score of 101-96 in their last game. New Orleans finished the game with a 42.2% FG percentage (35 of 83) and made 8 out of their 34 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Pelicans converted 23 of their 29 shots for a rate of 79.3%. Regarding grabbing boards, they earned 46 with 8 of them being offensive. They also distributed 20 assists in this game in addition to forcing 6 turnovers and getting 7 steals. Pertaining to the defense, New Orleans allowed 42.5% from the field on 37 of 87 shooting. Golden State doled out 43 dimes and had 22 steals in this matchup. In addition, Golden State snagged 35 rebounds (8 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Golden State finished the game shooting 83.3% at the free throw line by making 15 of 18 shots. They also buried 7 of 33 tries from 3-point range. In the matter of fouls, the Pelicans walked away with 18 and the Warriors racked up 14 fouls.
Brandon Ingram is a player who was a factor for this game. Ingram shot 60.0% from the field and also totaled 6 assists. He played 35 minutes played and collected 11 rebounds. He racked up 32 points on 12 out of 20 shooting.
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New Orleans heads into this one with a record of 14-25 on the season. They have an average of 105.3 points per game (25th in basketball) while going 43.4% from the floor. The Pelicans are hitting 33.4% on shots from 3-point land (438 of 1,311) and 78.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Orleans is snagging 46.7 boards per contest and has earned 957 assists for the year, which has them ranked 10th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 14.7 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Pelicans have forced 13.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.9 fouls. They concede 37.1% from 3-point land while they are 21st in the NBA in opponents PPG (110.3). The Pelicans defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 47.0% (1,586 of 3,376) and they relinquish 42.9 boards per game as a unit. They rank 18th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 940 surrendered on the year.
For their last game, the Raptors went home victorious with a score of 122-108 against the Jazz. In relation to cleaning the glass, Toronto permitted Utah to grab 33 overall (7 offensive). They went 44.7% from three-point range by connecting on 17 of 38 and finished the contest at 13 out of 18 from the free throw line (72.2%). The Raptors allowed the Jazz to make 39 of 81 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.1% for the contest. When the final whistle blew, the Raptors finished the game shooting 45 out of 100 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.0%. In the matter of shots from distance, Toronto made 12 of their 41 attempts (29.3%). They were able to bury 20 of those for a percentage of 80.0%. The Jazz had 21 fouls for this contest which got the Raptors to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They also turned it over 7 times, while earning 11 steals for this contest. The Raptors snagged 29 defensive boards and 19 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for the contest.
Fred VanVleet was important for the Raptors for the contest. He made 12 out of 22 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 54.5%, and accumulated 10 rebounds. VanVleet racked up 37 points in his 36 mins on the court and had 10 assists for this game.
Toronto has a mark of 19-17 for the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Raptors are shooting 44.1% from the field, which has them ranked 24th in the NBA. Toronto has totaled 3,897 pts this season (108.3 per contest) and they pull down 44.9 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.0 times per game (26th in basketball) and they turn it over 12.6 times per contest. The Raptors commit 19.8 fouls per game and they shoot 76.4% from the free throw line.
The Raptors defensively are ranked 11th in the NBA in points given up per game with 106.8. They are able to force 16.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.7% from the floor (18th in the NBA). The Toronto defense gives up 36.3% from downtown (463 of 1,275) and their opposition knocks down 79.1% of their foul shots. They surrender 24.2 assists and 44.4 total boards per game, which is 17th and 13th in the league.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto
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