Oklahoma City at New Orleans
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line: Oklahoma City -3.5 -- Over/Under: 237
The Oklahoma City Thunder pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been on a tear lately as they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight win after taking down the Trailblazers in a 120-111 home win on Monday. Paul George led the team with a monster triple-double of 47 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists, while Russell Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 47 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the 3-point line as they dominated the Trailblazers in the early going, outscoring them by 68-51 in the first half before pulling away late after the Trailblazers rallied in the third quarter. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 37-19 overall and 20-7 at home.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been going through a real rough patch as they’ve lost eight of their past 11 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Magic in a 118-88 home loss on Tuesday. E’Twaun Moore led the team in scoring with 19 points while Jrue Holiday added 16 points with six assists, but they needed much more from Anthony Davis who shot just one of nine from the field for his three points. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 38 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line but this game was over before it really began as the Pelicans were already trailing by as many as 28 points in the first quarter. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 25-33 overall and 16-11 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record, 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss of more than 10 points and 4-0 ATS in their last four home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in New Orleans and the Thunder are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in New Orleans.
The Thunder have been one of the hottest teams in the league lately so I’m not surprised that they’re road favorites in this one, especially against this Pelicans team who are in complete disarray with all the drama involved with Davis. Dennis Schroder is listed as out for Thursday for personal reasons while Jerami Grant is out with an ankle injury, so the Thunder will be shorthanded for this one. However, there’s just no way I can back the Pelicans right now, so I’m taking the Thunder to stay hot with another win and cover here.