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Raptors vs Pelicans NBA Game Preview

Toronto RaptorsNew Orleans Pelicans
37-29March 19, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena27-39

The Pelicans will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Raptors tip off at New Orleans Arena on Wednesday in NBA play.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pelicans are 27-39 so far on the season, and 27-34-5 ATS vs. the number. The Raptors, meanwhile, are 37-29 and 39-26-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 33-33 and the Raptors go 34-32 on the totals.View Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Pelicans as 2.5-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 197 earlier at GTbets.eu.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 6-rated Raptors taking on the No. 24-rated Pelicans in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 96-90 win for the Raptors on Wednesday.

In their last action, Toronto was a 118-113 loser on the road against the Hawks. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (231) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Toronto got 29 points and 10 rebounds from DeMar DeRozan in a losing cause in a 118-113 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday at Philips Arena.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 121-120 winner as they battled the Celtics at home. The Pelicans failed to cover in the match as a 6-point favorite, while 241 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. New Orleans got 40 points from Anthony Davis en route to a 121-120 victory over Boston on Sunday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 21-rated squad against Toronto's No. 17-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 28 in the league with 5.94 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 9 with 8.38 per outing.

Next up:
Toronto home to Oklahoma City, Friday, March 21st
New Orleans at Atlanta, Friday, March 21st