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2021 NBA Handicapping
(3-6) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans (1-10)
Date: Wednesday, November 10th
Time: 08:00 PM (ET)
Venue: Smoothie King Center New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder No Odds Pelicans No Odds (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder No Odds Pelicans No Odds
NBA Betting Total: No Odds
Last season, the Thunder and Pelicans met up for three contests with the series going in favor of New Orleans 2-1. Combined, the Pelicans outscored Oklahoma City 332-286.
New Orleans largest margin of victory came in game one, in which they won 113-80.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder come into this game having won two straight games. These two wins came at the right time as the team is still trying to claw back after starting the season with 4 straight losses.
To start the year, the Thunder are struggling to score the ball, averaging just 98 points per game. This output places them 29th in the NBA.
Opponents are averaging 107 points per game on 52% shooting. So far, Oklahoma City has done a good job keeping teams off the line but are allowing opponents to shoot 35% from beyond the arc.
If the Thunder want to improve their offensive, they need to improve their ball movement, ranking 29th in assists per game. However, a lot of this has to do with a team shooting percentage of just 47%.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans enter today’s game having lost 7 straight games. This losing streak is part of a larger trend, having gone 1-9 in their past 10 games. This has come while playing 11th toughest schedule.
As they take on the Thunder at home, the Pelicans have a negative home plus-minus of -8.2 points. Overall the Pelicans are ranked 29th among NBA teams in point differential (-0.3).
For bettors, taking the New Orleans Pelicans to cover the spread has been a losing bet as they are covering the spread in 36.40% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is -5.2.
On offense, the team’s leading scorer is C Jonas Valanciunas. So far, Valanciunas is averaging 19.55 points per game. This output places him 4th in his position group. Valanciunas has also done a good job taking care of the glass, hauling in 13.91 boards per game
The Pelicans’ best three-point shooter has been Devonte’ Graham, connecting on 3.09 shots from downtown per game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
- Favorite is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
- Thunder are 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction
In this game, I expect the Thunder to head into New Orleans and steal a win.
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A key to this game will be seeing how the battle of two fast-paced teams plays out. When both the Pelicans and Thunder play against other fast-paced teams, the games finish 2 possessions below average.
Despite Oklahoma City having their struggles offensively, I see this as a matchup in which they will be able to exploit. On average, the Pelicans defense gives up 5 points per possession above expectation to bad offensive teams. On average, they win these games 48% of the time by a margin of just 2 points.
This game should feature a lot of scoring as both teams are among the league’s worst in defensive efficiency. I expect this to play a more important role for the Thunder who have recently found their winning ways.
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