NBA Betting Preview (March 5): Pelicans vs. Raptors Odds

The hobbled Toronto Raptors will complete their four-game homestand on Tuesday evening when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

Toronto defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 111-106, on Sunday thanks to offensive contributions up and down the roster from six players that scored 10+ points for the fifth consecutive game. However, the win came at a cost as centre Jakob Poeltl dislocated a finger in the first half and didn’t return.

Bet on Pelicans vs. Raptors

NOP -9
TOR +9

New Orleans, meanwhile, is in the midst of an impressive campaign, sitting in fifth in the Western Conference standings after a 129-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers last Friday. The Pelicans will be well-rested and prepared to face the Raptors on Tuesday as a result of the considerable layoff between games.

Let’s take a closer look at the odds for this matchup via bet365:

Pelicans vs. Raptors odds

Pelicans Moneyline Odds-450
Raptors Moneyline Odds+350
Over/Under229 points (over -110, under -110)
SpreadPelicans -9 (-110)
Time/DateMarch 5, 7:30 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: SN1
Stream: NBA League Pass
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About the Pelicans (36-25 SU, 33-27-1 ATS, 27-34 o/u)

Forward Brandon Ingram is coming off a 34-point outburst against the Pacers and he went off against the Raptors for 41 points the last time the teams met on Feb. 5 in New Orleans. In that February contest, Ingram drained a career-high eight three-pointers as the Pelicans cruised to a 138-100 victory and easily covered the spread as 10.5-point favourites.

Ingram and big man Zion Williamson have been doing most of the damage offensively for the Pelicans this season, but the team is winning games because of its stout defence. New Orleans is ranked second in steals per game (8.3) and ninth in deflections per game (15.0). Additionally, the Pelicans are ranked fifth in loose balls recovered per game (5.8) and third in contested three-point shots per game. And their 113.9 defensive rating ranks seventh in the Association.

About the Raptors (23-28 SU, 29-32 ATS, 31-30 o/u)

Injuries are forcing the Raptors to lean even more heavily on new additions Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett.

Quickley has recorded 10+ assists in consecutive games for the second time this season and has collected 31 total assists in his last three games, which is the most assists he has recorded in a three-game span. Quickley dished a season-high tying 11 assists against the Hornets marking his sixth game — all with Toronto — with at least 10 assists this season after having four such games in his first three NBA seasons.

Barrett recorded 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 35 minutes against the Hornets and has now scored 23 points in four consecutive games for the first time in his career. Barrett has scored 20 or more points in 15 of 24 games since being acquired from the New York Knicks and is averaging 20.8 points while shooting a blistering 55.6% (195-351) from the field in that span.

RJ Barrett over 1.5 threes made


Injury concerns

Three key cogs — Scottie Barnes (hand), Bruce Brown (knee) and Poeltl (finger) — will be out for the Raptors.

Pelicans guard Dyson Daniels (knee) is also out.

  • The under is 11-2 in Toronto’s last 13 home games.
  • Toronto is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 home games.
  • The under is 5-0 in the Pelicans’ last five games.
  • Ingram has been a scoring machine lately, recording 22 or more points in four straight games while averaging 27.5 per contest. He’s -115 to score over 21.5 points.
  • Quickley has really been helping on the boards for the Raptors recently, hauling in five rebounds or more in seven straight games, averaging six per game during that span. He’s +125 to record over 5.5 rebounds.
  • As previously mentioned, Barrett is pouring in points for the Raptors and he’s using his long-range skills to increase his points totals. Barrett has drained two or more three-pointers in five straight games and he’s -105 to record over 1.5 threes made Tuesday as the Raptors’ primary scoring option.
  • Kelly Olynyk is playing a larger role for the Raptors with Barnes and Poeltl out and has at least one steal in four consecutive games. He’s a steep -210 to record over 0.5 steals.

Wagers to consider

  • Barrett over 1.5 threes made: -105. Herbert Jones, widely regarded as one of the elite defenders in the league, will likely draw the assignment of guarding Barrett, who is really feeling it from beyond the arc right now. This could limit Barrett’s opportunities to get to the hoop and force him to launch from long range more than usual. He put up six attempts last time out vs. Charlotte.
  • With two of Toronto’s best defenders in Barnes and Brown out, Ingram has a great opportunity to continue pouring in the points for the Pelicans. Take him to score over 21.5 points at -115.