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16-12 (5-6 V) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans 9-20 (6-9 H)
Date: Wednesday December 21
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -2
NBA Betting Total: 210
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Wednesday night NBA sees the Oklahoma City Thunder traveling to visit the New Orleans Pelicans. This matchup features two of the best players in the game in Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, but only one squad has a realistic shot at making the playoffs when the year is said and done.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 12:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder enter this game coming off another amazing performance from Russell Westbrook. The superstar point guard recorded another game of 40-plus points, and nearly recorded a triple-double in the process.
The catch? OKC still found a way to lose to the hardly intimidating Atlanta Hawks, who happened to be without Dwight Howard.
So far this season, OKC is 10th in points per game scored. It’s putting up 106 per night.
On defense, the Thunder haven’t been as effective, giving up 104.9 points per contest. That number is only good enough for 17th in the Association.
Since winning six straight, OKC has lost four of its last six entering this matchup against the Pelicans.
New Orleans Pelicans
Like the Thunder, New Orleans is in the midst of a skid. Yes, its skid happens to be longer without much hope to escape it…but at least Anthony Davis gives this group a chance to win on any given night.
So far this season, the Pelicans are scoring 102.6 points per contest. That number is good enough for 21st in the league.
Defensively, New Orleans has struggled as well. It’s just 24th in the NBA in terms of points per game allowed at 107.3 per game to opponents, but at least it’s shown some improvements throughout the year, currently sitting 17th in the league in defensive efficiency.
That begins to make up for its 27th place position in offensive efficiency…but the team’s current record (not to mention head coach Alvin Gentry’s hot seat) doesn’t offer much confidence.
Look for Davis to take this game into his own hands if the Pelicans want to keep things close.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Thunder are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- Thunder are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Thunder are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
Westbrook is a man possessed right now, but that hasn’t been enough to keep the Thunder as a confident pick to eventually end up in the playoffs.
There’s no doubt they’re better than the Pelicans, but if Davis has himself a game, anything can happen.
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Give this one to the Thunder, but don’t be shocked when the Pellies keep it close all the way to the end.
NBA Free Score Prediction: OKC 101 – NOLA 99
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