Free NBA Hoops Pick: Thunder vs Pelicans Lines
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40-16 (15-9 V) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans 22-34 (15-12 H)
Date: Friday February 19
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -5
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
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The Thunder better be careful as they see the rest of the pack slowly catching up.
They’ll be on the 2nd leg of their back to back when they head into New Orleans on Thursday night.
While the Thunder watch the rest of the pack catch up, New Orleans is trying to get back into the race as they sit on the outside looking in.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have dropped back to back games as they a very crucial road back to back.
Oklahoma City will take on Dallas on Wednesday and follow that up here in New Orleans as they look to get themselves back in the win column. It’s now about them holding down the 3 seed too.
Oklahoma City leads by just 3 games over 4th place Los Angeles and there is a giant difference with finishing 3rd and 4th. The 4th place finisher will get the Warriors in the Conference Semi Finals instead of the Spurs. Clearly neither is an easy matchup, but the Thunder certainly matchup better with San Antonio than the Warriors.
The Thunder do bring in a 40-16 record, but have been a horrible bet this season. OKC is 22-34 ATS as they are typically on the end of bigger lines and they do not blow teams out. They’re outscoring opponents roughly 109-102 this season.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans is desperately trying to make a push at that 8 seed and sneak into the playoffs.
Currently, they sit 11th, 6 games off the pace. While they fell in their last game, Anthony Davis has opened the 2nd half extremely strong. Davis has put up 2 ridiculous performances points wise and has grabbed 20 rebounds in back to back games. He’ll need to play at an unreal level.
The Pelicans success will come from Davis and them stepping it up defensively. New Orleans has allowed 105.3 points and the last 4 games, despite winning 2 of them, has been bad on that end of the floor.
New Orleans has given up 121 (to OKC), 106 (to Detroit), 114 (to Phili), and 109 (to Washington).
The Pelicans have gone 15-12 SU at home while going 11-16 ATS.
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Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Thunder have pretty much seen the 2 seed disappear and now it’s about holding on with that 3 seed.
They will use their defensive length to slow down Davis here and should be able to control the paint in this one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City ATS
Durant and Westbrook both have big nights, while Davis is slowed down in an OKC win and cover.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 107- New Orleans 97
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