NBA Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder will head to Smoothie King Center and face the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow night.

The Pelicans are sitting at the fourth spot in the Western Conference but every game still counts as only 25% of the season is done and they are on a wild wild west where the top 9 teams have a winning record.

Meanwhile, the Thunder remains at the bottom of the conference with an 8-12 record despite Shai’s 31.1 points per night. They are being outrebounded, which is expected as their leading rebounder is Josh Giddey with only 7.2 boards per game. These will be another tough match-up for the Thunder as the Pels have a reliable rebounder with the presence of Jonas Valanciunas and Zion Williamson.

However, the Pels are missing some firepower as Brandon Ingram (toe) might not play tomorrow while CJ McCollum (covid-19 protocols) is still out.

Thunder vs. Pelicans Odds/Game Lines

Odds Via FanDuelThunderPelicans
Point Spread+4.5 (-110)-4.5 (-110)
Money Line+162-194
Winning at the End of Every Quarter
ThunderAny Other ResultPelicans
+480-122+188

Note: “Winning at the End of Every Quarter” bets means that the team you pick should be ahead every end the quarter. If neither team does, the bets for “Any Other Result” wins.

Odds Via DraftKingsThunderPelicans
Point Spread+4.5 (-110)-4.5 (-110)
Money Line+160-190
Player Points
Josh GiddeyO 15.5 (+100)U 15.5 (-130)
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderO 30.5 (-115)U 30.5 (-115)

NBA odds may change based on recent updates. Visit online sportsbooks for a full list of betting markets.

Can the Pels Get a Needed Bounce Back?

The New Orleans Pelicans are seeking to have a bounceback performance tomorrow after suffering their worst loss of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies, 132-111. The Pelicans were outscored by 19 points in the first quarter and never really recovered. The 44-point firth quarter output by the Grizzlies, shooting 13 of 25 from three, was the most points allowed by the Pels in a quarter during the season.

The lead reach to 36 in the third, but the Pels still try to make a run for the comeback but wasn’t enough. Pelicans head coach Willie Green gave credit to the stunning performance of the Grizzlies.

“They came in right away from the start of the game and just played with more force,” he said. “They knocked down a lot of shots. They basically got whatever they wanted — 3s, points in the paint, they got to the free-throw line.”

Coach Green also takes responsibility for not being prepared enough to face an explosive team like Memphis.

 “We weren’t. That starts with me having our team prepared, having us ready. Our game-plan discipline wasn’t up to par.”

The Thunder might not be as complete as the Grizzlies but they also have their own explosive player – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He is one of the leading scorers in the League and leading the Thunder’s offensive rhythm. He and Josh Giddey has been in great shape so far, providing the spark that Oklahoma needs.

Shutting down these two rising stars might be the priority of the Pelicans who do not have some of their reliable scorers.