In this all-Western battle between two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference, the tenth New Orleans Pelicans (23-31), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the seventh Oklahoma City Thunder (32-22), who on the other hand want to end a small losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 02-13-2020, 20:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5
New Orleans Pelicans have a 23-31 record (28-24-2 against the spread) and are tied with the Spurs in the 10th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Blazers with a 138-117 score, beating the odds. Brandon Ingram leads the team in scoring with 24.9 ppg, adding 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game and he is questionable for today. Zion Williamson follows with 21 ppg, adding 7.7 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 32-22 record (35-19 against the spread) and are sitting in the 7th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Spurs with a 106-114 score, not beating the odds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring with 19.5 ppg, adding 6.1 rebounds per game. Dennis Schroder follows with 19.2 ppg, 3.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Thunder have won both previous meetings against the Pelicans this season (at home by 5 points and on the road by 3). Pelicans are 11-16 at home, while the Thunder are 15-10 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 115.7 ppg to Thunder’s 110.4, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing 107.9 ppg to Pelicans’ 117.2. Thunder have a better field goal percentage (47.1% to 46%), while Pelicans have a better 3-point percentage (37.3% to 35.2%). Pelicans are better both in assists made (26.2 to 21.9) and in rebounding (46.6 to 43.1), while Thunder are better in turnovers committed (13.6 to 16). Bookmakers give the Pelicans a -2.5 spread and expect them to keep it rolling and beat the odds for the home victory.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 (-107)
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