New Orleans Pelicans Vs Oklahoma City Thunder Spread & ATS PickJosh Bailey
The New Orleans Pelicans battle the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at 8:00 pm ET in the final game in the NBA before the All-Star Break. The game takes place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A Closer Look At The New Orleans Pelicans Vs Oklahoma City Thunder Spread & My ATS Pick
The NBA betting spread favors the Oklahoma City Thunder by a colossal 11-points to beat the New Orleans Pelicans. The game total for over/under NBA bets is 220.5.
What: New Orleans Pelicans (19-32) at Oklahoma City Thunder (39-14)
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Oklahoma City, OK
Stadium: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Spread: Oklahoma City -11
Game Total: 220.5
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: New Orleans vs Oklahoma City
Bet The New Orleans Pelicans Because…
Anthony Davis can score with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Davis is one of the best players in the NBA. He averages 23.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He shoots 50% from the field. The last time that the Pelicans took on the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anthony Davis didn’t play. That game was on Nov. 18, 2015. Even without Davis, the Pelicans found a way to keep it close. New Orleans lost by 7 points, 103 to 110. If New Orleans can play the Thunder that tough without Davis, what can they do with Davis?
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 10, 2016
Bet The Oklahoma City Thunder Because…
Oklahoma City has one of the top offenses in the NBA. The Thunder average 109.9 points per game. They shoot 47.6% from the field on average. They shoot 36% from three on average. The Thunder hasn’t scored less than 100 points in 11 straight. What’s interesting is that in the game where they scored less than 100 points, they beat Miami 99 to 74. Oklahoma City’s offense is almost as good as Golden State’s.
Balanced Attack: Pushing in Transition vs. Working the Clock. Nick Gallo's Tuesday Thunder practice report. https://t.co/rMra9oxLc9
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 9, 2016
Betting Trends Since Last Season
The New Orleans Pelicans are 69-67 ATS, but that is better than the Thunder who are 62-73 ATS. In head-to-head matchups, the New Orleans Pelicans are 4-1 ATS. Head-to-head matchups have trended over (4 over, 1 under).
- 12/2/2014: New Orleans won 112 to 104, New Orleans covered +3.5, Game went over 197
- 12/21/2014: New Orleans won 101 to 99, New Orleans covered +7.5, Game came under 202.5
- 2/4/2015: Oklahoma City won 102 to 91, Oklahoma City covered +4, Game went over 192.5
- 2/6/2015: New Orleans won 116 to 113, New Orleans covered +6.5, Game went over 198.5
- 11/18/2015: Oklahoma City won 110 to 103, New Orleans covered +12, Game went over 212.5
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Oklahoma City can play a dud game once in a while. For example, the Thunder lost to Brooklyn 106 to 116 as a -13.5 point road favorite on January 24.
But even though Oklahoma City can play a bad game once in a while, I’m not expecting them to play badly at home against the Pelicans on Feb. 11. The Pelicans just don’t match up very well with Oklahoma City. New Orleans gives up 104.9 points per game on average. Opponents shoot 46.1% against the Pelicans on average.
Anthony Davis no doubt should help New Orleans keep this close for a while. Unfortunately, the Pelicans’ defense is so bad that it will only be a matter of time before Durant, Westbrook and the rest of the high-scoring Thunder bury the Pelicans in this matchup.
My final prediction is Oklahoma City Thunder 126, New Orleans Pelicans 108.