New Orleans Pelicans (27-23) at Oklahoma City Thunder (30-22)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -6.5 -- Over/Under: 219 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.4 points and 10.6 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.7 points and 5.2 assists. E'Twaun Moore is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Miller is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.5 points and 10.1 assists while Paul George is averaging 21.3 points and 5.5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five straight home games.
The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 8-20 ATS in their last 28 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I'm scared to back the New Orleans Pelicans without Cousins, as this squad lacks serious depth. However, the OKC Thunder seem to play down to their comp and continue to find themselves in these tough games that come down to the wire. Also, this is a quick turnaround for a Thunder team that played late Thursday night and are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Denver Nuggets. We could see some tired legs on the OKC side. There's value with the points here.