Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4) at New Orleans Pelicans (4-3)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -8.5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in poor form as they’ve lost four of their first six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting thrashed by the Heat in a 118-90 road loss on Monday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 18 points and four assists, Darius Bazley added 16 points with eight rebounds while Luguentz Dort chipped in with 12 points but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Thunder shot a miserly 36 percent from the field and 13 of 48 from the 3-point line as they hung in the contest before allowing the Heat to take the game away with a pivotal 20-0 run that started in the second quarter. Mike Muscala finished with four points on one of seven shooting while Al Horford scored two points on one of six shooting.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in decent shape as they won four of their first six games and they were going for a third straight win before getting stopped by the red-hot Pacers in a 118-116 overtime loss on Monday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 31 points and eight assists, Zion Williamson added 24 points with 10 rebounds, Lonzo Ball scored 18 points while Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 43 percent from the field and just nine of 27 from the 3-point line as they squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, before losing in the final seconds of overtime. Ingram shot just 12 of 31 from the field, while JJ Redick shot just one of nine to finish with three points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss of more than 10 points. The Pelicans are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a losing record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New Orleans, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Thunder are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings in New Orleans.
The Thunder haven’t been able to get going this season and they must be low on confidence after getting demolished by the Heat by 28 points on Monday. The Pelicans were in great shape before a heartbreaking loss to the Pacers in overtime. The Thunder are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings in New Orleans, but this is clearly the worst Thunder team in recent memory. With that being said, I think the Pelicans should be more than good enough to bounce back with a win and cover here.