New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/6/13
Oklahoma City Thunder (13-4) at New Orleans Pelicans (9-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +4 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder head to the Big Easy to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Head to head, the Thunder are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans while the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Pelicans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Thunder on the other hand are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference.
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It's a shame that Anthony Davis had to go down with an injury because the New Orelans Pelicans had just started to play their best basketball of the season these past couple of weeks, having won six of their past eight before falling against the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night 100-97. Davis suffered a non-displaced fracture to his left hand in their win in New York on December 1st and he is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. The Pelicans managed to win in Chicago in triple-overtime in their first game without Davis but couldn't back that up against Dallas on Wednesday night at home.
The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to struggle away from home, dropping to 4-4 on the road after their 111-104 loss in Portland against a red-hot Trail Blazers squad. In fact, Oklahoma City has lost all of their road games this season against teams with a .500 record of greater in Minnesota, Los Angeles, Golden State and of course Portland. Still, the Thunder have raced out to a 13-4 start and are ahead of where everyone thought they would be at this stage of the season.
New Orleans has a winning home record, so technically the Thunder should fall in this one if the trends are right. However, trends are meant to be broken and I do like the fact that OKC is coming off a loss. I really liked the Pellies in their game against the Bulls because teams always respond in the next game when a star player goes down and that's exactly what happened their. Bad news is, it usually wares off pretty quickly and just trust Kevin Durant and company more than I do a short-handed New Orelans outfit...
Dan’s Pick: Oklahoma City -4