NBA Game Preview - Hornets underdogs vs Thunder at New Orleans
Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Hornets Odds
New Orleans will look to improve on its 4-10 record on Saturday when they host Oklahoma City in NBA odds action at New Orleans Arena.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Hornets are 4-10 so far on the season, and 8-6 ATS vs. the number. The Thunder, meanwhile, are 13-4 and 10-5-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 8-6 and the Thunder go 8-8-1 on the totals.
The visitors opened this morning as 8-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 194.5 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hornets rated this week at No. 24 and the Thunder sitting at No. 8. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 108-93 result in favor of the Thunder today.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 25-ranked offense (93.8 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 12 at 96.2 PPG. The Hornets have averaged 44.4% from the field per game, less than the Thunder have managed so far this season (48.5% on average).
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.5 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 106-94 winner at home against the Jazz. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (200) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Kevin Durant scored 25 points for Oklahoma City on Friday, leading the Thunder to a 106-94 victory over Utah at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Hornets were a 96-84 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Jazz. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (180) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Hornets endured a 96-84 loss at the hands of the Jazz on Wednesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Greivis Vasquez at New Orleans Arena.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Brooklyn are 4-6
After playing Utah are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After playing Utah are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6
A few Thunder at Hornets trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Orleans's last 10 games
New Orleans is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Orleans's last 9 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games at home
Oklahoma City at Brooklyn, Tuesday, December 4
New Orleans home to Milwaukee, Monday, December 3