Raptors vs. Pelicans Pick – March 8th

It’s a tough day when your star player goes off for 58 points and you STILL lose at home to a non-playoff team, but that is exactly what happened to Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  We took a loss in the process, despite all the numbers and data being squarely on the OKC side of the line.  So it goes sometimes in sports, where nothing is ever certain and some random nights the ball just goes in or falls out…

There is a packed slate of action tonight, highlighted with the Celtics visiting the Bay Area and the Warriors, the Hornets who are starting to wake up a bit going to Miami in an Eastern conference playoff hopeful battle, and the Jazz and the Rockets in a key Western Conference playoff positioning battle.

Let’s see if we can get it rolling tonight with a winning wager – but before we do – CONGRATS to Dirk on a memorable night last night.  It was a cool way to hit 30,000 points by digging into the Way-Back Machine and dropping 18 in the FIRST QUARTER.  It was a really neat night for one of the more unique NBA greats…

Today’s NBA Pick:

Toronto Raptors at New Orleans Pelicans -2

Boogie and the Brow!  There was some excitement and curiosity, but to be fair, the reviews are still far from great.  The Pels took four tried to get their first win with the new frontcourt combo, but the last three games have looked a little more promising.  Yes, they are only 1-2 SU, but they won convincingly against the Lakers and lost by just five in Utah and by just three to the Spurs.  They LOOK like a decent basketball team right now, and I think they’ll finish the year on an upswing.

That upswing might very well start tonight.  The Raptors are just 5-5 in their last ten games and are still without Kyle Lowry and very likely without DeMarre Carroll tonight as well.  They are 3-8 SU in their last eleven road games and 3-7 ATS in their last ten games overall.

Toronto has been good as a road underdog this season at 9-4 ATS, so that is a stat to at least make me pause, but I think the team is very different right now with Lowry and Carroll hurt and the recent momentum shows a far different team than the one stacking wins back in 2016.

New Orleans is also a different team, and one that LOOKS like they might be starting to put together the new chemistry.  Once they figure out how to play together (and add another guard!) this should be a quality, competitive basketball team.

I like them to show a little progress tonight and get the home win against a good team, but one who is struggling.  The Raptors are only one game over .500 this season on the road, and most of those games are WITH their All-Star point guard in uniform.

Today’s Pick:  New Orleans Pelicans -2

Chris Scheeren / Author