Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Odds & PredictionsJosh Bailey
The first game of a TNT NBA doubleheader features the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting Louisiana to face the New Orleans Pelicans this Thursday Night. The game’s tips off at 8:00 PM ET at the Smoothie King Center.
A Closer Look At The Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds & My Final Score Prediction
What: Oklahoma City Thunder (41-16) at New Orleans Pelicans (22-34)
When: Thursday, February 25. 2016
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: New Orleans, LA
Stadium: Smoothie King Center
Spread: OKC -5
Moneyline: Thunder -250 vs Pelicans +195
Game Total: 222.5
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: Oklahoma City vs New Orleans
Why Bet The Oklahoma City Thunder To Beat The Pelicans Odds at -5
The Thunder have already beaten the Pelicans twice this season. The last meeting, OKC won by a whopping 26 points.
Oklahoma City has an 11-game lead in the Northwest Division. They have the third-best record in the Western Conference and fourth in the entire NBA. They will be in NBA Champship convo all season long.
Coach Billy Donovan needed to change his game strategy after dropping the first two straight home games following the All-Star break.
What did he do? Donovan’s key adjustment before Wednesday’s road matchup with the Mavericks was to keep either one of his all-star’s (Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook) on the court for almost the whole game. That move kept at least one dominant scorer in the game no matter who else played with them.
It worked, as Oklahoma City beat Dallas 116-103 as a 5.5-point favorite heading into the second game of a back-to-back situation against the Pelicans (22-34) on Thursday.
Why Bet The New Orleans Pelicans To Beat The Thunder Odds at +5
The Pelicans will be thinking of their 26-point at the hands of the Thunder. Will they rise to the occasion or crumble against the Thunder-ous challenge of facing OCK?
The Pelicans are winners of eight of 11 in New Orleans while averaging 108.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting, including 41.6 from beyond the arc.
The team has a bonafide star in Anthony Davis. He had 59 points and 20 rebounds against Pistons two games ago. But he only took nine shots against Washington Wizards a few nights later.
"The one thing you got to understand about AD, he’s not gonna force shots up there so he can have 20 shots. […] As coaches, what we have to try to do is to figure out, even with two guys on him, how we can get more shots up for him, which we tried to do [in D.C.]", explained coach Alvin Gentry to ESPN.
Davis is averaging 31.3 points on 60 percent shooting in his last four meetings against the Thunder.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- New Orleans is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
- New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Oklahoma City14-4-1 SU in its last 19 games
- New Orleans is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
- New Orleans is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games when playing Oklahoma City
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
OKC is one of the best team in the NBA right now, and they will try to stay that way. The Thunder have played well in the second game of back-to-backs lately, going 5-1 straight-up and 4-2 against the spread in their last six. I see Anthony Davis as a unique talent, but he can’t beat Westbrook and Durant on his own.