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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 10/16/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans

Thursday October 16

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans will play a preseason game Thursday at the Smoothie King Center.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 2-1 in the preseason and are coming off a 10-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies in their first game without Kevin Durant. In fact, the Thunder didn’t miss a beat by shooting 53.3 percent from the field and Jeremy Lamb led the way with 23 points. I’ve mentioned before that Lamb has big time potential if given a chance, and he showed some of that in the win over Memphis. Russell Westbrook actually looked like a point guard by dishing out 12 assists, while Anthony Morrow scored 19 points off the bench. It was an overall team victory for OKC with everybody contributing, and it’s exactly how the Thunder will have to play in order to win games with Durant out for an extended period of time.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 10/16/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans have split their first four preseason games and will play just their second true home game after beating the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Anthony Davis is coming off his best preseason performance with 26 points and eight rebounds, as he shot a remarkable 9-11 from the field. Tyreke Evans, who is expected to be the Pelicans starting SF and has missed time with a hamstring injury, hopes to return for this matchup. Ryan Anderson looks like he’s going to have a big season for New Orleans, as he’s contributed 28 points and 10 rebounds in his last two games. It also looks like that Jimmer Fredette pickup may pay off for the Pelicans, as he’s canned six threes in his last two contests. If guys can continue to emerge, the New Orleans Pelicans could be a surprise team this season.  

Oklahoma City is in a different mind frame with Durant down and guys are playing a little harder knowing minutes are on the table. Give me the better team for the small chalk.

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