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NBA Matchup - Thunder Hornets Odds Preview

New Orleans HornetsOklahoma City Thunder
Feb 27, 8:00 PM | Chesapeake Energy Arena

New Orleans Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

20-38TEAM RECORD41-15

The Thunder will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Hornets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in NBA wagering action.

This season the Thunder are 41-15 overall and 32-21-3 ATS against the number, while the Hornets are 20-38 and 31-27 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Oklahoma City is 29-25-2 on the OU, and New Orleans is 32-26.

View New Orleans vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Thunder as 13-point favorites in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 203 earlier at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Thunder - Hornets odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Oklahoma City is rated No. 1 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Hornets sit at No. 25. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 108-96 win for the Thunder.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 1-ranked offense (106.6 PPG) against a Hornets defense that ranks No. 13 at 97.3 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 48.3% from the field per game, more than the Hornets have managed so far this season (45.3% on average).

Defensively, the Hornets feature the league's No. 17-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.1 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 101-97 loser as they battled the Nets at home. The Hornets failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 198 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Hornets to victory (they lost 101-97 to Brooklyn at New Orleans Arena on Tuesday).

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 102-72 winner as they battled the Bulls at home. The Thunder covered in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 174 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The battle between the Thunder and Bulls didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Chicago was handed a 102-72 defeat on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Brooklyn are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Hornets at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 11 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Oklahoma City is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games

Next up:
New Orleans home to Detroit, Friday, March 1
Oklahoma City at Denver, Friday, March 1