Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 4/11/14
New Orleans Pelicans (32-46) at Oklahoma City Thunder (57-21)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans, FSOK
Two of the last four regular season games for the Oklahoma City Thunder are against the New Orleans Pelicans. The second of three meetings will be played on Friday, and the Thunder won the first meeting back in early December.
The Pelicans have lost six straight games and could very well end their season on a 10-game losing streak playing the Thunder and Rockets twice. On the season, the Pelicans average 99.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allow 102.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis missed Wednesday’s game against the Suns and is doubtful for this matchup. Teams are shooting 50.4 percent from the field in the Pelicans last five games. The New Orleans Pelicans are 34-38-6 ATS overall and 14-21-4 ATS on the road.
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The Thunder have won five of their last seven games and still have an outside shot of finishing with the best seed in the West. On the season, the Thunder average 106.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allow 99.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. The Thunder are as healthy as they’ve been all season and are playing at a high level at both ends of the court. Russell Westbrook has scored 30-plus points in two straight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 42-34-2 ATS overall and 22-15-2 ATS at home.
The Pelicans are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-9-3 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
You have to question just how motivated the Thunder are in this matchup, and it'd also be wise to check who is playing for OKC. While the Thunder should win this game easily, 15-plus points is simply too much to lay in an NBA game.
Take the Pelcians and the points.