Thunder vs. Pelicans - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (13-13) at Oklahoma City Thunder (13-14)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSOK
The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder play Sunday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last eight games but are coming off a Saturday loss to Portland. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 103.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 102.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.8 points and 10.3 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 17 points and 5.8 assists. Jrue Holiday is averaging 7.1 assists and Ryan Anderson is shooting 42.2 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans continue to struggle with consistency, especially on the defensive side of the ball where they’re allowing teams to shoot 48.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The Pelicans have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing 100 or more points. The Pelicans have also lost five of their last seven road games SU.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have won eight of their last nine games and play their fourth home game of the month. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 96.5 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 95 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.2 points and 7.2 assists while Reggie Jackson is averaging 16 points and 5.5 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb is shooting 41.9 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing some of their best basketball offensively, averaging 108 points on 47.5 percent shooting in their last five games. Now, the Thunder just need to get healthy again. Kevin Durant is expected to miss this game with an ankle injury.
The Pelicans are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Without Durant, the Thunder are a limited team that can be beaten. Give me New Orleans and the free points.