The Oklahoma City Thunder look to rebound from two straight losses while visiting the New Orleans Pelicans, who have won four of their last six games. The Thunder got blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home court 92-115. The Pelicans return home where they’ve won two in a row. According to the Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans 2016 NBA Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Thunders are -5 point road favs over the Pelicans with the total at 221.5. Here is our Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction.
The Thunder (40-16, 15-9 V) lost to the Cavs. Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting, while Russell Westbrook added 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Serge Ibaka scored 12 points but was held to only two points after halftime.
Oklahoma is 0-2 since the All-Star break, but it’s the way the team has competed that has the Thunder’s stars calling everyone out.
“We’ve got to dig down deep,” a frustrated Durant said. “X’s and O’s and shootarounds and schemes, and practices, that (stuff) is out the window. You’ve got to dig down deep and decide what you want to do. And that’s everybody.”
Newly acquired Thunder guard Randy Foye made his debut for Oklahoma City late in the first quarter. Even though guard Andre Roberson was activated before the game, Foye was the first guard off the bench.
The Thunder have averaged 115.5 points while winning both of this season’s meetings. Andre Roberson (knee) had four points in 21 minutes against Dallas after missing the previous nine games.
The Pelicans (22-34, 15-12 H) lost in Washington 89-109. Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and forward Ryan Anderson had 16 points. Anthony Davis mustered only nine points on 3-of-9 shooting, but did grab 20 rebounds for the second game in a row. None of New Orleans’ starters scored in double figures, as the Pelicans shot a season-low 34.9 percent from the field.
“I just think they tried to double-team me, deny me the ball — a lot,” Davis said.
Omer Asik (ankle) will miss his second straight game and isn’t expected back until early March.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Thunder are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans.
Thunder are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Bottom Line: the Pelicans face a tough task keeping up against a high octane offense like the Thunder have.