The Oklahoma City Thunder (32-22) will try to prolong a seven-game road winning streak when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans (23-31) at Smoothie King Center. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – New Orleans.
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Odds Preview
In the Thunder’s last outing, they lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 114-106, despite being 8-point favorites. With 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting, Chris Paul was the game’s leading scorer. San Antonio made good use of their 27 trips to the charity stripe, converting on 25 of them (92.6 percent). Oklahoma City, on the other hand, was 17-21 (81.0 percent). The two teams combined to score 220 points, which came in just over the O/U total of 219.5.
The Pelicans hope to keep it rolling after easily covering the 3-point spread against the Portland Trail Blazers in their last contest, 138-117. New Orleans was lifted by Zion Williamson, who was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting. New Orleans played a perfect game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 23.8) and a free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.182). Portland was 25.0 and 0.237, respectively, for those same stats. The two teams combined to score 255 points, which was well over the O/U total of 240.
These two teams have already met three times this season, with the Thunder winning all three. In the most recent matchup, Danilo Gallinari had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Thunder, who were 2.5-point underdogs, beat the Pelicans 107-104. The two teams combined to score 211 points, which was 15.5 points below the projected point total of 226.5 points. The Thunder dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.247 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.6. The Pelicans were 0.103 and 6.7, respectively, for those same stats.
Of Oklahoma City’s 54 games, 29 have finished under the O/U total, while 31 of New Orleans’ 54 games have finished over the O/U total. The Thunder come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 32-22 SU and 34-19-1 ATS, while the Pelicans are 23-31 SU and 26-24-4 ATS.
Opposite paces will be on display in this meeting. New Orleans prefers an up-tempo style of play (fourth in possessions per game), while Oklahoma City is methodical (25th in possessions per game). Furthermore, the Thunder, who rank first in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.232), will square off against the Pelicans, who rank 22nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.215).
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds Prediction
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Pelicans, ATS Winner – Thunder, O/U – Under
The Pelicans rank fifth in three pointers attempted per game (38.1) while the Thunder rank 26th (29.7).
New Orleans ranks fifth in rebounds per game (46.6) while Oklahoma City ranks 21st (43.1).
New Orleans ranks sixth in assists per game (26.2) while Oklahoma City ranks 27th (21.9).
Oklahoma City ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.1) while New Orleans ranks eighth (4.4).
Oklahoma City is 20-5 ATS on the road with 15 unders and 10 overs.
New Orleans is 14-13 ATS at home with 15 overs and 12 unders.
Oklahoma City is 7-3 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while New Orleans is 3-0.
The Pelicans are 23-28 when they reach 100 points, while the Thunder are 31-14.
The Thunder rank eighth in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.7) while the Pelicans rank 28th (19.1).
Oklahoma City ranks first in fast break points allowed per game (10.4) while New Orleans ranks 27th (15.2).
The Thunder rank third in steals allowed per game (6.8) while the Pelicans rank 27th (8.4).
The Thunder rank 17th in points allowed in the paint per game (49.0) while the Pelicans rank 27th (53.0).
New Orleans ranks seventh in second chance points per game (14.1) while Oklahoma City ranks last (10.9).
New Orleans is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Oklahoma City is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Pelicans have outscored opponents by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. For the season, New Orleans has lost by an average of 1.5 points.
During their last five games, the Thunder have scored an average of 109.0 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.4 points per game (0.5 below their season average).