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(27-23) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (30-21)
Date: Friday February 2nd
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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The New Orleans Pelicans are realizing how hard it is to play without All Star big DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans have dropped two in a row, and things don’t get much easier as they travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City is 8-1 over their last nine games, but most recently took a loss to the Washington Wizards.
The last time the Pelicans and Thunder took the court against each other, was November 20th. The Pelicans got the win, 114-107. Look for things to be different without Cousins in the lineup for New Orleans.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans still have a bitter taste in their mouths after the loss of DeMarcus Cousins for the season. Cousins was playing at an All NBA first team level this year. He is a large part why the Pelicans are in playoff contention again this season. Cousins was averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds per game this year.
With Cousins gone for the year, the Pelicans have dropped two in a row. New Orleans most recently took a loss to arguable the worst team in the NBA. Sacramento beat the Pelicans at home, 114-103. Another sign of things not being right since the injury to Boogie.
Life without Cousins is going to be hard, and New Orleans was hanging on for dear life to a top eight spot with him. The fact is, New Orleans needs to make a move at the trade deadline, or they will find themselves sitting at home again during the playoffs.
Defensively, the Pelicans are allowing 110.7 points per game this year. Good enough for 29th in points allowed this season. Without Cousins guarding the painted area with Anthony Davis, New Orleans is going to be the worst team in the NBA defensively.
If the Pelicans come out flat on the road against the Thunder, expect Oklahoma City to win in a blowout.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are back at home, after dropping a tough 102-96 loss at Washington. The Thunder are looking to right the ship, as they are a better team at home. Oklahoma City is 19-7 at home this season. Their most recent home win came against Philadelphia, 122-112. Tonight expect a team effort from Oklahoma City.
The Thunder took a loss the first time around against the Pelicans. Oklahoma City allowed the Pelicans to rally back from a 114-107 home win. After DeMarcus Cousins was ejected, Anthony Davis went off Davis dropped 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the come from behind win. The Thunder shot 42.7 percent from the floor and 31.4 percent from three point land in the loss.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists in the first game against New Orleans. Paul George had 26 and Carmelo Anthony added 19 points as well in the loss. Stephen Adams might be the X factor in the rematch between the two. He had 15, but only grabbed three rebounds against Davis and Cousins. He needs a big night on the glass in my opinion.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-2 in NO last 10 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 7-2 in NO last 9 road games.
- Over is 12-5 in NO last 17 vs. Western Conference.
- OKC are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 Fri. games.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
The New Orleans Pelicans are in need of a win. Losing two in a row, and also losing Cousins for the year depressed the locker room. The team is actively perusing Greg Monroe. Hopefully Anthony Davis can get some help at OKC.
The Thunder are going to be excited to be back at Cheseapeake Energy. Look for a big games from the Thunder’s three stars. They all performed well in the first game, now expect more from them in rematch.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder -8.5
The Thunder should win this game going away. Take the Thunder at home to over for the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Thunder 115 – Pelicans 93
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