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Pelicans Thunder Betting Preview

Oklahoma City ThunderNew Orleans Pelicans
13-4December 06, 2013, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena9-9

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Thunder travelling to New Orleans Friday to face the Pelicans on Friday.

The Pelicans bring a 9-9 record (7-10-1 ATS) to the battle against the 13-4 Thunder, who are 8-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 12-6 so far and the Thunder go 10-7. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Pelicans as 4.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 207, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

The Pelicans sit at No. 14 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Thunder are at No. 6 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Thunder will win this game 98-96.

The Thunder were a 111-104 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (215) made winners of OVER bettors. Kevin Durant chucked in 33 points for Oklahoma City on Wednesday, but they still came up short in losing 111-104 at Rose Garden.

New Orleans was a 100-97 loser in its last match at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 197 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Pelicans wasted a 26-point performance from Jrue Holiday as Dallas ran past them 100-97 on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 103.44 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 13 at 99.65 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.39% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 45.4% per game.

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Indiana, Sunday, December 8th
New Orleans home to Detroit, Wednesday, December 11th