New Orleans Pelicans vs OKC Thunder Betting Pick

Posted by Aaron . on February 10, 2016 in

The New Orleans Pelicans (19-32) head to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder (39-14) on Thursday night. The Thunder knocked off the Phoenix Suns, 122-106, and the Pelicans polished off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-102 on Monday night. Oklahoma City is in a bit of a zone right now, while the Pelicans had lost four in a row before taking advantage of a young Timberwolves team. Who’s favored on the NBA online betting odds for this match? Find out ion the game preview below.

New Orleans Pelicans vs OKC Thunder Game Info and Betting Pick

Date/Time: Thursday, February 11th, 8:00 PM
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV: TNT
Live Broadcast: NBA Stream
Opening Line: Oklahoma City -11.5
Betting Pick: OKC su

Why should you bet on the Thunder

Oklahoma City is a fearsome team when both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are on their game offensively. The problem that they run into is on the defensive end, as the team has a bad habit of losing focus at just the wrong time. They have fixed the problem for the most part, but if you saw their close loss in Golden State on Saturday night, you know that there are still some issues, as the Thunder opened up a 9-0 lead only to fall down by 20 in the first half before roaring back to draw within one point late. Against a team like New Orleans, the Thunder will likely only need to rely on their offense, as the Pelicans haven’t shown many signs of being able to compete with anyone in the top half of the standings. Even with the talent of Anthony Davis, the Pelicans should be relatively easy for the Thunder to manage.

Why should you bet on New Orleans

Just when you’re expecting the Pelicans to free fall into the lottery end of the standings, they’ll rise up and polish off another lottery team with ease. The Pelicans had dropped four in a row when they ran into the Timberwolves. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday each scored 27 points, and the Pelicans put on a rout in Minnesota. However, that was the team’s sixth road victory of the season — a tiny total for a team contending for a playoff spot. Ryan Anderson added 26 points, and New Orleans turned a dozen turnovers into 21 points. The Timberwolves had a modest two-game winning streak snapped, even though Karl-Anthony Towns posted a double-double (19 points, 12 boards), as the rest of the team put up an iffy effort for interim coach Sam Mitchell. This was a poor way to follow up wins over Chicago and the L.A. Clippers.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I’m not picking Oklahoma City to lose anyone who’s not in one of the playoff positions in either conference right now, as well as they are playing. I think the Thunder will roll over the young Pelicans but won’t cover the double digit spread.