The Raptors will be without their star player from last season of course, with Kawhi Leonard having left as a free agent to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Even so, it should be noted that Toronto went 17-5 without Leonard last season – they were certainly not reliant on one man.
Pascal Siakam could be the man to step-up as the focal point for the Raptors in the post-Leonard era.
The Pelicans have traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. They will also be missing the injured draft pick Zion Williamson (torn lateral meniscus) for this game and the next six to eight weeks.
Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Lines & Prediction
Making any NBA predictions at the very start of a new season is always challenging, with it taking time for new players to adjust and others having departed.
The Toronto Raptors showed that they could still win without Kawhi Leonard last season and the absence of Zion Williamson looks to be a significant loss for the New Orleans Pelicans. With home-court advantage, that should make the difference for Toronto here.
On the Money Line odds, the Raptors are -300 (1.33) with Betway Sports, with the Pelicans at +260 (3.60) with Sports Interaction. For our NBA betting tip we’ll go to the Point Spread market, where Toronto -5.5 can be backed at odds of -110 (1.91) also at Sports Interaction.