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Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the defending champion Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in overtime on Tuesday night in the NBA's season-opening game.
After a quick check on the monitor, an offensive foul call against Norman Powell was upheld and Nick Nurse and the Raptors lost the ability to challenge a call for the rest of the game.
Andrew Lopez ESPN
Expect the New Orleans Pelicans to pick up the fourth-year options on Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart's contracts soon, source says. Ball, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 Draft, is slated to make just over $11 million next season while Hart, the No. 30 pick in the same draft, will make just under $3.5 million in 2020-21.
The Pelicans are adamant that weight is not the reason 284-pound Zion Williamson injured his knee. He's in "elite condition," David Griffin said.
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David Bearman Sports betting
Changes to NBA odds with Zion's injury from Caesars SportsBook MVP odds move from 50-1 to 250-1 No change to title odds (100-1) Rookie of Year off the board (was odds-on favorite) Win total moves down to 36.
Zion Williamson had surgery Monday to treat a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, the New Orleans Pelicans announced.
Adrian Wojnarowski NBA
Zion Williamson had surgery today to repair torn meniscus in right knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, Pels say.
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Andrew Lopez ESPN
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry didn't have any update on Zion Williamson's status on Sunday afternoon, saying "when we have something that needs to be said, we'll do that. Right now, it just is what it is." ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said on Friday Williamson will miss a "period of weeks" with right knee soreness. Pels guard Lonzo Ball said the team will hold down the fort without Williamson but added "he's not out the whole season, he'll miss a couple games but he'll be back strong."
Points Per Game122.02nd
Rebounds Per Game53.02nd
Assists Per Game30.01st