Raptors vs Pelicans Live: NBA Toronto Raptors Vs New Orleans Pelicans Live Streaming, Schedule The match between New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors will be the first game of the NBA 2019-20 season. The Pelicans will make their way to Canada to face-off against defending NBA champions Toronto Raptors.
The New Orleans-based outfit finished at last position last season with a win-loss record of 33-49, the Pelicans will expect to get off to good start just like they did last year. The Pelicans started the 2018-19 NBA season with a four-game winning streak. The Pelicans will be sweating on the fitness of high draft pick – Zion Williamson – who is rumoured to be talented enough to slide right into the starting line-up and help guide this team.
NBA: Will Toronto Raptors successfully defend their title?
The Raptors finished last season with a win-loss record of 58-24 and went on to win the NBA championship. The Raptors roster looks different this year. With the departure of Kawhi Leonard to the LA Clippers, the Raptors will hope that other players step up. Nick Nurse will enter his second spell as coach of the Toronto-based outfit. The Toronto Raptors’ projected line-up is Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Serge Ibaka. Entering the summer, the New Orleans Pelicans looked well on course for a long-term rebuild. But the franchise got a huge stroke of luck when they landed Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft.
The Pelicans also managed to get Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart in the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers, and they now enter the season as one of the NBA’s most exciting teams.
The Raptors meanwhile enter the new season as champions, although their worst fears came true as they lost Kawhi Leonard in free agency. Danny Green also left for the Lakers, although the Raptors have since bounced back by signing Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam to new deals.
While another title triumph may be difficult, a mixture of youth and experience should be enough to keep the Raptors competitive in the East.Both the Pelicans and Raptors will be keen to start their campaigns with an opening night win, although New Orleans will be without Williamson for at least the first few weeks of the new season. Nevertheless, the ex-Lakers trio of Ball, Ingram and Hart have adapted well to life in New Orleans, and the Pelicans will be no pushovers.