New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 4/1/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (44-33) at New Orleans Pelicans (43-33)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +1 -- Over/Under: 227 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Sunday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won seven of their last 11 games but they’re stuck in a bit of a rut as they’ve now lost three straight after falling to the Nuggets in a 126-125 overtime loss on Friday. Russell Westbrook led the team with 33 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points with nine rebounds while Jerami Grant chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Thunder shot 41 percent from the field and 20 of 44 from the three-point line as they outscored the Nuggets by 35-22 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, only to fall just short. With the loss, Oklahoma City dropped to 44-33 overall which is currently good for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans are searching for a bit of consistency as they’ve split their last 10 games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling to the Cavaliers in a 107-102 road loss on Friday. Jrue Holiday led the team with 25 points on 12 of 18 shooting, Nikola Mirotic added 20 points while Anthony Davis chipped in with 16 points on six of 19 shooting. As a team, the Pelicans shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 26 from the three-point line as they led by 10 points at halftime before getting outscored by 60-45 in the second half. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 43-33 overall which is currently good for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Sunday games, 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the over is 6-0 in the last six meetings in New Orleans and the Thunder are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans.
The Thunder have really cooled off lately with four losses in their last five games and they will be kicking themselves after falling in overtime to the Nuggets on Friday, so they will be itching for a win to keep their place in the congested Western Conference. The Pelicans need a win to hold onto that eighth seed and they’ve covered in five of their last six home games, but the Thunder are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans and I think that trend continues here.