Raptors vs Pelicans LIVE: Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans- Dec. 24 – NBA LIVE stream, Watch Online, Schedules, Date, India time, Live Link, Result Updates, match preview
Due to COVID-19 cross-border travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Canada, the Toronto Raptors plan to play their NBA 2020–21 home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida to begin the season.
The New Orleans Pelicans will visit the new home stadium of the Raptors to tip off their new season. With fresh faces in Steve Adams, Eric Bledsoe, new coach Steve Van Gundy, and Brandon Ingram signing a new deal, they will be looking to start the season on the right foot.
Match Details: Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans
Time: 06:00 A.M. (IST)
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa
NBA 2020-21: Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Pelicans Match Preview
Match Preview – Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors had a decent outing in the last season. They had a 53-19 record and were knocked out by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Veterans Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka have left the Raptors. Yet, they won all 3 of their NBA Preseason games. They still have a strong core around Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, and Pascal Siakam.
The Raptors are the only team that has had both a better-than-average offense and a better-than-average defense in each of the last five seasons.
The 122.9 points per 100 possessions the Raptors scored in the first round vs. Brooklyn was the third highest mark for a team in any playoff series in the last 10 years. The 100.3 points per 100 possessions they scored in the conference semis vs. Boston was the worst mark for a team in a series in 2020.
Match Preview – New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans did not reach the Playoffs last season. They had a poor record of 30-42. They won both of their preseason games as both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram looked in great form.
They have added a new coach in Steve Van Gundy, players in Steve Adams, Eric Beldsoe, and Kira Lewis Jr. in the NBA offseason. While Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favours have left their franchise.
The Pelicans led the league in player movement (12.2 miles per 24 minutes of possession) and ranked second in ball movement (383 passes per 24 minutes of possession). 36.1% of Pelicans’ opponents’ shots, the league’s second highest opponent rate, came in the restricted area.
NBA TV coverage: Raptors vs Pelicans live in NBA regular season
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NBA Live streaming: Raptors vs Pelicans NBA Live Streaming
Every game will be available live via NBA TV, while the nationally broadcast game will also be available via ESPN’s digital platforms.
Toronto Raptors possible starting 5:
Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, Aron Baynes, Pascal Siakam
New Orleans Pelicans possible starting 5:
Eric Bledsoe, Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Steve Adams
NBA 2020-21 Schedule: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs