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Thunder Failing to Cover vs Pelicans

Kevin Durant Anthony Davis

Wagering on the New Orleans Pelicans has been a risky decision all year long. The Pels are the second-worst bet in the NBA at 23-33 ATS due largely in part to their inconsistency on the road. New Orleans, who host the high-flying Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, is much better at home, as the squad has won eight of their last 11 at the Smoothie King Center while averaging 108.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting during that span.

Shark Bites
  • The Pelicans are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records.
  • The Thunder are 6-0 SU in their last six games against teams with losing records.
  • The Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last five games with a closing total of 221.5 or more.

Anthony Davis and company have also had the Thunder’s number when it comes to covering the spread. In the last seven meetings between the Western Conference foes, the Pellies are 5-2 ATS. Books opened New Orleans as 5.5-point home underdogs for the affair.

Totals bettors will want to pay attention to the OVER in this one. The OVER has gone 7-1 in the Thunder’s previous eight away from home with the Pelicans going OVER in nine of their last 12 with one day off between games.

As good as Alvin Gentry’s club have been in Louisiana, don’t sleep on the Thunder’s success away from Oklahoma City. The Thunder have garnered victories in 13 of their last 17 road tilts since December 8, tying Cleveland for the best away winning percentage since then.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Oklahoma City Thunder betting line opened this morning as -6-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 220 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

A 109-105 result in favor of the Thunder is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New Orleans Pelicans are 22-34 so far on the NBA season, and 23-33 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Oklahoma City Thunder, meanwhile, are 41-16 and 23-33-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 27-28-1 and the Thunder go 25-32 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs Oklahoma City injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 11-rated New Orleans Pelicans and the No. 6-rated Thunder in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder rank No. 2 in the league with 47.65 per game. That compares with New Orleans's No. 23 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New Orleans is the NBA's No. 15-ranked team at 8.48 per game, while the Oklahoma City Thunder rate No. 19 with 8.04 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and added 13 assists for a double-double, leading Oklahoma City over Dallas, 116-103, on Wednesday at American Airlines Center.

New Orleans was crushed on Tuesday, getting run out of the gym by Washington and falling 109-89 at Verizon Center.

Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma City is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Oklahoma City is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
  • Oklahoma City is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
  • New Orleans is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of New Orleans's last 18 games
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma City home to Golden State, Saturday, February 27th
New Orleans home to Minnesota, Saturday, February 27th