NBA: Pelicans at Raptors (Tuesday, October 22, 2019)

By Michael McKay
Oct. 22, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans at Toronto Raptors

Time: 8 PM EST

Place: Scotiabank Arena

Analysis:

The Pelicans are hoping that their rookie PF Zion Williamson will be their "savior", and improve from their 33-49 record from last season. The Raptors are entering their title defense season without the services of Kawhi Leonard, and putting their trust in PF Pascal Siakam to replace Leonard.

Stats from Last Season:

Points:

-Pelicans: 115.4 PPG scored (3rd in NBA), 116.8 PPG allowed (27th in NBA) (margin of -1.4 PPG)

-Raptors: 114.4 PPG socred (8th in NBA), 108.4 PPG allowed (9th in NBA) (margin of +6.0 PPG)

Assists:

-Pelicans: 27.0 APG (3rd in NBA)

-Raptors: 25.4 APG (13th in NBA)

Rebounds:

-Pelicans: 47.3 RPG (5th in NBA)

-Raptors: 45.2 RPG (17th in NBA)

Steals:

-Pelicans: 7.4 SPG (18th in NBA)

-Raptors: 8.3 SPG (9th in NBA)

Blocks:

-Pelicans: 5.4 BPG (7th in NBA)

-Raptors: 5.3 BPG (9th in NBA)

Field Goals:

-Pelicans: 43.7 FGMPG (2nd in NBA) out of 92.2 FGAPG (3rd in NBA) for a percentage of 47.3% (6th in NBA)

-Raptors: 42.2 FGMPG (9th in NBA) out of 89.1 FGAPG (16th in NBA) for a percentage of 47.4% (5th in NBA)

3-Pointers:

-Pelicans: 10.3 3PMPG (22nd in NBA) out of 29.9 3PAPG (21st in NBA) for a percentage of 34.4% (24th in NBA)

-Raptors: 12.4 3PMPG (8th in NBA) out of 33.8 3PAPG (11th in NBA) for a percentage of 36.6% (6th in NBA)

Free Throws:

-Pelicans: 17.8 FTMPG (13th in NBA) out of 23.4 FTAPG (11th in NBA) for a percentage of 76.1% (18th in NBA)

-Raptors: 17.7 FTMPG (16th in NBA) out of 22.0 FTAPG (21st in NBA) for a percentage of 80.4% (3rd in NBA)

Turnovers:

-Pelicans: 14.5 TOPG (26th in NBA)

-Raptors: 13.3 TOPG (15th in NBA)

Personal Fouls:

-Pelicans: 21.1 PFPG (12th in NBA)

-Raptors: 21.0 PFPG (14th in NBA)

Final Score Prediction for tonight:

Toronto Raptors: 124

New Orleans Pelicans: 119

NOTE: All of the stats and rankings of last season are from the ESPN website's stats sheet. If I made a mistake, please leave a comment, and I will try to fix it. Finally, the inserted photo of the matchup between the 2 teams are from HERO Sports.