At 8:00 ET, the Pelicans (44-27, 4th in the West) will host the Thunder (49-21, 2nd in the West) in a Western Conference matchup. New Orleans is currently on a two-game win streak, while Oklahoma City is favored by 2.5 points (-127 moneyline).

WVUE will have the TV coverage for this game, which will be played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, March 26th.

WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-114 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Zion Williamson finishing with Zion Williamson points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.8% and knocking down 12 threes.

Is A Road Victory Likely for the Favored Thunder?

Today, the Thunder are favored by 2.5 points against the Pelicans. So far this season, Oklahoma City has been favored in 53 of their 70 games and has gone 40-13 in those games. As the favorite, they have a scoring margin of +9.8 points per game.

Oklahoma City’s O/U record for the season is 36-33-1, and the under has hit in their last three games. This year, their games have averaged 233.3 points per game, compared to today’s line of 223.5.

Looking at their ATS record, the Thunder are 41-29 overall and 19-16 on the road. At home, they have covered the spread in their last three games. Today, their ATS record as the favorite is 30-23.

In their last game, the Thunder lost to the Bucks by a score of 118-93. The O/U line for that game was 234 points, and Oklahoma City was getting 2.5 points going into the game.

Oklahoma City is currently 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 49-21. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 31-15 and 18-6 in non-conference games. On the road, the Thunder are 21-14.

When it comes to scoring, the Thunder are one of the top teams in the league, averaging 120.3 points per game (4th). However, on the road, they are averaging 118.0 points per game (5th).

Oklahoma City is an efficient offensive team, ranking 3rd in field goal percentage (49%). They are also one of the top three-point shooting teams in the league, connecting on 38% of their attempts (3rd).

In terms of pace, the Thunder are 10th in the league at 99.6 possessions per game. When it comes to two-point shooting, they are 6th in the league at 56%.

At present, the Thunder’s defense is ranked 12th, allowing 112.9 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Thunder squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 52.1% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.6% from downtown.

Can New Orleans Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

In Pelicans games this season, the average over/under line is 228.2 points, which is higher than today’s line of 223.5. The team’s games have averaged 226.1 points per game.

New Orleans has hit the under in two straight games and has a season record of 30-41 on the O/U. Today’s line is lower than their last game, which finished with a combined 215 points.

For the season, the Pelicans are 39-31 against the spread, including a 19-14 record at home. They have covered the spread in two straight home games.

The Pelicans’ most recent game was a 114-101 win over the Pistons. They were favored by 14.5 points in that game, giving them an ATS loss. The O/U line for that game was 217.5.

Currently, the Pelicans are 4th in the Western Conference with a record of 44-27. In their conference games, they are 26-18 compared to 18-9 against non-conference opponents.

The Pelicans have been one of the league’s best offensive teams this season, ranking 13th in scoring at 115.7 points per game. At home, they are averaging 116.6 points per game.

New Orleans has been an efficient shooting team, ranking 8th in field goal percentage at 49%. They are also 8th in three-point shooting at 38%.

When it comes to pace, the Pelicans are 18th in the NBA at 97.5 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 11th in the league at 27.1 per game.

On defense, the Pelicans come into the game ranked 8th in the league in points allowed at 110.4 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 103.3 points per contest (16th). In the terms of takeaways, Pelicans are causing 12.6 turnovers per game, ranking 15th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 17th in rejections, averaging 4.9 blocked shots each game.