The Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a win after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.5 points and 6.1 rebounds while Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.2 points and 4.1 assists. Danilo Gallinari is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 6.6 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won seven straight home games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.9 points and 4.2 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 21 points and 7.7 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games.
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Head to Head
The Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans have played 60 games in the regular season with 35 victories for the Thunder and 25 for the Pelicans. The Thunder have won all 3 meetings this season. The Thunder’s previous two H2H wins were by five points or fewer margin and without Zion on the court.
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Stats
This season, the Thunder have the 18th offense in the NBA that averages 110.4 points per game, and they are facing the Pelicans’ 28th defense that allows 117.2 points per contest. The Thunder are the 23rd in rebounds with 43.1 and 27th in assists with 21.9 per game.
This season, the Pelicans have the 4th offense in the NBA that averages 115.7 points per game, and they are facing the Thunder’s 10th defense that allows 107.9 points per contest. The Pelicans are the 5th in rebounds with 46.6 and 6th in assists with 26.2 per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are red hot and have won seven straight at home, but there’s something about the Pelicans and the energy they’re playing with since the return of Zion. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three in their last five games.
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans News
Missing players Thunder: Darius Bazley (Thumb) is out indefinitely.
Missing players Pelicans: Brandon Ingram (Ankle) is questionable.
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Odds
Spread: -2 Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Predictions
Perhaps surprisingly, none of the three H2H duels this season produced a lot of points. In fact, we didn’t see more than 219 points, and all three encounters went Under. Considering that the Thunder are 3-0 in season series and I am backing the Pelicans to win here, I am also going with Over instead of Under. In other words, the hosts need a high-scoring affair in order to beat the Thunder; otherwise, their chances are not going to be high. One of the best offenses in the NBA certainly has a good opportunity against Oklahoma’s sturdy defense that didn’t allow more than 114 points in the last 12 games. The Pelicans are looking for another statement win following the one on the road over the Indiana Pacers, and this is an excellent opportunity for them. I am backing New Orleans to take it.