Oklahoma City @ New Orleans
Current Records: Oklahoma City 32-22; New Orleans 23-31
What to Know
The New Orleans Pelicans haven’t won a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder since Feb. 14 of last year, but they’ll be looking to end the drought Thursday. The Pelicans have the luxury of staying at home another game and will welcome Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. ET at Smoothie King Center. New Orleans is hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 117.2 points per matchup.
Everything went New Orleans’ way against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday as they made off with a 138-117 victory. The score was close at the half, but New Orleans pulled away in the second half with 75 points. New Orleans’ small forward Zion Williamson was one of the most active players for the squad, picking up 31 points and five assists in addition to nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City came up short against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, falling 114-106. A silver lining for Oklahoma City was the play of point guard Chris Paul, who shot 5-for-9 from downtown and finished with 31 points and seven dimes.
Barring any buzzer beaters, New Orleans is expected to win a tight contest. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
New Orleans’ win lifted them to 23-31 while Oklahoma City’s loss dropped them down to 32-22. We’ll see if the Pelicans can repeat their recent success or if OKC bounces back and reverse their fortune.
How To WatchWhen: Thursday at 8 p.m. ETWhere: Smoothie King Center — New Orleans, LouisianaTV: Fox Sports – New OrleansFollow: CBS Sports AppTicket Cost: $7.10Odds
The Pelicans are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Thunder, according to the latest NBA odds.
Vegas had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Pelicans as a 2-point favorite.
Oklahoma City have won 12 out of their last 17 games against New Orleans.
Dec 01, 2019 – Oklahoma City 107 vs. New Orleans 104Nov 29, 2019 – Oklahoma City 109 vs. New Orleans 104Nov 02, 2019 – Oklahoma City 115 vs. New Orleans 104Feb 14, 2019 – New Orleans 131 vs. Oklahoma City 122Jan 24, 2019 – Oklahoma City 122 vs. New Orleans 116Dec 12, 2018 – New Orleans 118 vs. Oklahoma City 114Nov 05, 2018 – Oklahoma City 122 vs. New Orleans 116Apr 01, 2018 – Oklahoma City 109 vs. New Orleans 104Feb 02, 2018 – New Orleans 114 vs. Oklahoma City 100Nov 20, 2017 – New Orleans 114 vs. Oklahoma City 107Feb 26, 2017 – Oklahoma City 118 vs. New Orleans 110Jan 25, 2017 – Oklahoma City 114 vs. New Orleans 105Dec 21, 2016 – Oklahoma City 121 vs. New Orleans 110Dec 04, 2016 – Oklahoma City 101 vs. New Orleans 92Feb 25, 2016 – New Orleans 123 vs. Oklahoma City 119Feb 11, 2016 – Oklahoma City 121 vs. New Orleans 95Nov 18, 2015 – Oklahoma City 110 vs. New Orleans 103
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