New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game Information
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Pelicans -195/Thunder +166) (Current: Pelicans -225/Thunder +188)
Spread: (Open: Pelicans -4.5) (Current: Thunder -5.5)
Total: (Open: 213.5) (Current: 215)
NBA Championship Odds: Pelicans +10000/Thunder +25000
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder News and Notes
Forward Wenyen Gabriel is the only player listed on the Pelicans injury report as he’s still troubled by a knee injury.
As for the Thunder, Ty Jerome (ankle) and Trevor Ariza (personal) have already been ruled out. Darius Miller is day-to-day as he continues his return from an Achilles injury.
Oklahoma City is on a 4-0 run ATS against New Orleans.
Oklahoma City is on a 6-2 ATS run against New Orleans at home.
Oklahoma City is on a 5-0 run when playing on one day’s rest.
New Orleans is 4-0 to the under to start the season.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions and Picks
The New Orleans Pelicans have stayed under the total every game this season, and if we do a deep dive into their statistics, we can see why. Per TeamRankings.com, New Orleans is 29th in the league in terms of offensive efficiency (.971), and they’re 28th with only 9.2 three-pointers made per game. Over their last three games, they’ve only been able to average six three-point baskets per game. The Pelicans are in the bottom half of the league with 31.2 three-point attempts per game, and that number has dropped to 27.7 over their last three games. Tempo has also led to lower scoring games as the Pelicans are ranked 27th with 101.7 possessions per game.
Defensively, New Orleans is sixth in the league in terms of efficiency (1.02), and tonight they’ll face a Thunder team that is average at best with a 1.03 offensive efficiency rating.
The Pelicans seem to be struggling with a lack of confidence from beyond the arc, and it shows in the decline of attempted three-point attempts. This team is making a concerted effort to slow the game down, and to their credit, they haven’t let their shooting woes impact them on the defensive end.
The Thunder are not a great scoring team by any stretch, and they could have some tired legs with this being their third game in four nights. Considering that my model has this total projected at 211 points, I see value in playing this game under the current number.
The Pick: Under 215