The Toronto Raptors are 4-0 at home and look to carry their success on the road when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. The Raptors are just 1-2 away from home as they open a five-game road excursion against the Pelicans, who are 1-2 at home.
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Point guard Kyle Lowry scored 24 points in Wednesday's 124-120 home win over the Sacramento Kings and tallied at least 20 in four straight games and six of the seven this season. While Toronto won't play at home again until Nov. 18, the Pelicans are starting a stretch in which five of seven are at home. New Orleans is allowing an NBA-worst 124.3 points per game and has given up 130 or more on three occasions, including Monday's 135-125 road loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The teams met in the season opener on Oct. 22 in Toronto with Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each scoring 34 points - a career best for VanVleet - to guide the Raptors to a 130-122 overtime victory.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, TSN (Toronto), FS New Orleans
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (5-2): Siakam recorded 23 points and 13 rebounds against Sacramento for his second double-double of the campaign. "We didn't win like we wanted to so that's all matters," Siakam said in reference of Toronto allowing the Kings to drain 20 3-pointers as well as score 30 or more points in each of the last three quarters. Veteran forward Serge Ibaka scored a season-best 21 points off the bench for his sixth double-digit outing of the season.
ABOUT THE PELICANS (1-6): Forward Brandon Ingram scored a career-best 40 points on 17-of-24 shooting against Brooklyn and he is averaging 25.9 points. The 22-year-old was acquired as part of the package in which Anthony Davis went to the Los Angeles Lakers and guard Jrue Holiday isn't the least bit surprised that Ingram is blossoming with New Orleans. "If he gets it anywhere in the post, anywhere in the mid-range, that's pretty much automatic," Holiday said of Ingram. "He's damn near 7-feet tall, so he's very, very tough to guard. If he's out on the perimeter, he usually has bigger guys on him so he's definitely got an advantage always."
1. The Raptors have won eight of the past 10 meetings.
2. New Orleans SG JJ Redick is 8-of-14 from 3-point range over the past three games.
3. Toronto SG Patrick McCaw will miss at least one month after having surgery to remove a mass from the back of his left knee.
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New Orleans Pelicans
- NeckQues Tues | questionable
Jackson has been unavailable during the previous two games with a left neck contusion, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
- AnkleDoub Tues | doubtful
Okafor has been held out of the previous three contests with a left ankle sprain, and he is not expected to be on the court against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
- KneeQues Tues | questionable
Ingram has been held out of the previous four games due to a sore right knee, and it is unknown if he will return against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
- GroinQues Tues | questionable
Ball missed his fifth straight game due to a right adductor strain, and it is unclear if he will return to action Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.
- KneeOut Tues | out
Hart has sat out the past three games with sprains to his left knee and ankle. He will not be available for Tuesday's contest versus the Trail Blazers.
- BackOut Tues | out
Favors was absent from the lineup during the last game due to lower-back spasms, and it will impede his status for Tuesday's tilt versus the Trail Blazers.
- ToeProb Sun | probable
Redick sat out the previous game with a sprained big toe on his left foot, but he is expected to dress for Sunday's tilt versus the Warriors.
- RibsProb Thurs | probable
Hayes left the previous game due to injured ribs. It is not expected to impede his status for Thursday's contest versus the Clippers.
- GroinEarly Dec | out
Johnson has a stress reaction in his left groin and is expected to miss at least two weeks.
- EyeProb Sat | probable
Anunoby suffered a right eye contusion but is expected to be in Saturday's lineup versus the Mavericks.
- AnkleOut indefinitely | out
Ibaka is suffering from a sprained right ankle, and it is undetermined how much time he will miss.
- ThumbLate Nov | out
Lowry has a fracture of the distal phalanx in his left thumb, and he is expected to miss at least two weeks of action.
- KneeEarly Dec | out
McCaw is recovering from arthroscopic surgery to remove a benign mass on the back of his left knee. He is expected to miss at least four weeks of action.
- Groinday-to-day | questionable
Hollis-Jefferson is dealing with groin soreness and did not play in the previous game. It is not expected to impede his status for Sunday's game against the Lakers.