Oklahoma City favored by 6 against New Orleans on Friday
Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Hornets Odds
The Hornets hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Friday as the Thunder pay a visit to New Orleans Arena in NBA betting action.
Supporters of the Thunder have seen them go 6-3 and 4-4-1 ATS so far this season, while the Hornets are at 3-3 and 5-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hornets are 3-3, while the Thunder are 2-6-1.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Hornets as 6-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 187.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hornets at No. 4 and the Thunder at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-92 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 26-ranked offense (89.5 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 11 at 93.7 PPG. The Hornets have averaged 43.2% from the field per game, less than the Thunder have managed so far this season (47.3% on average).
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 89 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 107-97 loser as they battled the Grizzlies at home. The Thunder failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 204 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kevin Durant was dynamite, scoring 34 points and adding 10 rebounds but Memphis still won, 107-97, over Oklahoma City on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 100-96 loser as they battled the Rockets on the road. The Hornets covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 196 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Hornets endured a 100-96 loss at the hands of the Rockets on Wednesday, despite a 24-point effort from Greivis Vasquez at Toyota Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Golden State are 7-3
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2
A few Thunder at Hornets trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing New Orleans
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oklahoma City's last 15 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
New Orleans is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Orleans's last 8 games when playing Oklahoma City
New Orleans is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 12 games at home
Oklahoma City home to Golden State, Sunday, November 18
New Orleans at Milwaukee, Saturday, November 17