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(23-35) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (33-25)
Date: Sunday February 26
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
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This game features the new look Pelicans traveling to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder.
The Pelicans lost a tough game to Houston on Thursday, while the Thunder have won two in a row.
The Thunder have won the first three games in the season series.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans made shockwaves during the All-Star game, trading for All Star center DeMarcus Cousins. It was move that should help them as we head towards the end of the season, as they look to secure a playoff bid.
Adding Cousins should make life a lot easier for fellow All-Star Anthony Davis, who in my opinion is the best big man in the NBA.
Davis and Cousins were great in the loss to the Rockets, but it showed the glaring weakness on this new lineup will be the inability to shoot from beyond the arc.
After scoring 52 in the All-Star game, Davis came into the first game from the break with a bad shooting night from the floor (8-21), but still finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds largely due to great free throw shooting (13-16).
Cousins also put up big numbers in his first game in New Orleans. He filled up the stat sheet scoring 27 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, had 5 assists, 5 steals, and 4 blocks. If he can bring that type of play night in and night out, New Orleans will be scary opponent for the Warriors if they get the #8 seed.
Despite big numbers from both Davis and Cousins, who will be the third scoring option for the Pelicans? It might come down to Jrue Holliday.
Holliday Surprisingly had a poor game against the Rockets, scoring just 6 points and commiting 7 turnovers. I expect another rough game against Westbrook and the Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook is playing better than Oscar Robertson did when he averaged a triple double. The man has been on a tear all season long.
He recorded his 28th triple double on Thursday in the win over the Lakers, putting up an absurd 17 point, 17 assist, 18 rebound performance. Will the Pelicans slow him down? I don’t see it happening as Westbrook should dominate all game long and get his 29th triple double of the season.
Victor Oladipo didn’t play against the Lakers but should be able to go after suffering from back spasms on Thursday.
Look for Oladipo to get good numbers in this game, as the Pelicans are thin at the 2 guard spot after trading away Buddy Hield. A 15 point, 5 rebound performance isn’t out the question for the ultra athletic shooting guard.
Steven Adams is lost in a sea of good Western Conference big men, but he could be a key component come playoff time. Already positioning himself as a viable 3d scoring option for the Thunder, Adams had 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Lakers.
It was only his 4th double double in the last 10 games, but I expect him to put up a modest stat line against the powerful duo of Boogie and AD.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games.
- Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Over is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 overall.
- Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
- Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
The Thunder will get a close win against the Pelicans.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 110 – New Orleans 105
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