Pelicans Travel North Of The Border To Face The Injury-Riddled Raptors

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With a win over the injured Raptors, the Pelicans will try to move up in the playoff ranks.On Tuesday night, the New Orleans Pelicans (36-25) will go north to play the Toronto Raptors (23-38).   

New Orleans wants to get back on track after some recent bad luck on the road in Canada, where they have only won once since 2019.  

Toronto comes in with two key starts and a bench player hurt. One player on the Pelicans' injury list for the game is Dyson Daniels, but other than that, they should be fine.  

The Raptors do not have as much offensive offense when Scottie Barnes and Jakob Poeltl are not on the court. During the Pelicans' 138–100 win in February, both players were on the team.  

That game against the Raptors had the most points ever scored by that team. Brandon Ingram got 41 points, which was the most he had scored all season.   

Ingram is having a great time right now. He scores 29 points per game on average and makes more than half of his field goal attempts.   

The Pelicans should be able to score more points in the paint now that Poeltl isn't playing. Toronto was ranked No. 24 in other teams' points per paint, even with Poeltl on the team.   

Zion Williamson gets 17.2 points per game in the paint, which is second most in the NBA. Williamson has played four games against Toronto and has averaged 21.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.   

The Raptors don't score a lot of points, but they move the ball around the court well—they are third in the NBA with 29.4 assists per game.   

They don't score enough because they make only 23 percent of their three-point shots. The Pelicans are glad to see Trey Murphy III, their three-point shooter, get back into the swing of things. 

He has made at least six three-pointers in two of his last three games and scored at least 26 points in each. Six of those three-point shots are half of what the Pelicans normally make in a game.   

New Orleans is moving quickly toward the playoffs, so making outside shots will help the Pels be a scary team in the playoffs.  

This season, New Orleans is 18-13 on the road, which is more wins than they had all of last year. After the game on Tuesday, they'll be on the road again until Friday, when they end their trip in Philadelphia.   

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