Through 3 Quarters
The Toronto Raptors are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they’ve been expecting. a victory is still up for grabs for either team, but they are up 79-77 over the New Orleans Pelicans
Power forward Pascal Siakam has led the way so far for Toronto, as he has 22 points and five assists along with six boards. One thing to keep an eye out for is Khem Birch’s foul situation as he currently sits at four.
New Orleans has been relying on small forward Brandon Ingram, who has 18 points and four assists, and center Jonas Valanciunas, who has dropped a double-double on 14 points and 12 rebounds. This makes it three consecutive games in which Valanciunas has had at least ten rebounds.
The Pelicans haven’t lost 88% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this year, so a win here would be refreshing.
New Orleans @ Toronto
Current Records: New Orleans 14-25; Toronto 19-17
What to Know
The Toronto Raptors will stay at home another game and welcome the New Orleans Pelicans at 6 p.m. ET Jan. 9 at Scotiabank Arena. These two teams seek to continue their momentum from their previous wins.
The Raptors didn’t have too much trouble with the Utah Jazz at home this past Friday as they won 122-108. The win came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 40-25 deficit. Toronto’s point guard Fred VanVleet was on fire, dropping a triple-double on 37 points, ten dimes, and ten rebounds. That’s VanVleet’s first triple-double of the season. VanVleet’s points were the most he has had all season.
Meanwhile, New Orleans didn’t have too much breathing room in their contest with the Golden State Warriors this past Thursday, but they still walked away with a 101-96 victory. It was another big night for the Pelicans’ small forward Brandon Ingram, who posted a double-double on 32 points and 11 boards in addition to six assists.
Toronto is the favorite in this one, with an expected 8-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a six-game streak of ATS wins.
Toronto was close but no cigar when the two teams previously met in January of last year as they fell 120-116 to New Orleans. Maybe the Raptors will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the matchup and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 6 p.m. ET
- Where: Scotiabank Arena — Toronto, Ontario
- TV: The Sports Network
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $54.06
The Raptors are a big 8-point favorite against the Pelicans, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Raptors, as the game opened with the Raptors as a 6.5-point favorite.
Toronto have won nine out of their last 12 games against New Orleans.
- Jan 02, 2021 – New Orleans 120 vs. Toronto 116
- Dec 23, 2020 – New Orleans 113 vs. Toronto 99
- Nov 08, 2019 – Toronto 122 vs. New Orleans 104
- Oct 22, 2019 – Toronto 130 vs. New Orleans 122
- Mar 08, 2019 – Toronto 127 vs. New Orleans 104
- Nov 12, 2018 – New Orleans 126 vs. Toronto 110
- Nov 15, 2017 – Toronto 125 vs. New Orleans 116
- Nov 09, 2017 – Toronto 122 vs. New Orleans 118
- Mar 08, 2017 – Toronto 94 vs. New Orleans 87
- Jan 31, 2017 – Toronto 108 vs. New Orleans 106
- Mar 26, 2016 – Toronto 115 vs. New Orleans 91
- Nov 13, 2015 – Toronto 100 vs. New Orleans 81
Injury Report for Toronto
- Yuta Watanabe: Out (Covid-19)
Injury Report for New Orleans
- Tomas Satoransky: Out (Covid-19)
- Josh Hart: Out (Not Injury Related)
- Zion Williamson: Out (Foot)
- Kira Lewis Jr.: Out for the Season (Knee)