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NBA Betting Picks and Predictions: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
November 1, 2023
ESPN’s Wednesday night game this week will feature the New Orleans Pelicans traveling to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Paycom Center with the game starting at 7:30 PM ET.
The New Orleans Pelicans enter this game with a record of 2-1 following a 102-130 loss at home against the Golden State Warriors while failing to cover the 3-point spread as a home favorite on Monday. Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum were tied for the team lead in scoring with 19 points apiece. Jonas Valanciunas and CJ McCollum were tied for the team lead in rebounds with 6 rebounds apiece. CJ McCollum led the team in assists with 5 assists. Zion Williamson, Jordan Hawkins, and CJ McCollum were tied for the team lead in steals with 2 steals apiece. Jonas Valanciunas led the team in blocks with 2 blocks.
New Orleans is averaging 103 points per game while allowing an average of 107 points per game this season. Zion Williamson leads the team in scoring with an average of 22 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas leads the team in rebounds with an average of 7.3 rebounds per game this season. CJ McCollum leads the team in assists and steals with an average of 6 assists and 2.33 steals per game on the year. Herbert Jones leads the team in blocks with an average of 1.67 blocks per game.
Oklahoma City enters this game with a record of 3-1 following a 124-112 win at home against the Detroit Pistons while covering the 6.5-point spread as a home favorite on Monday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring and steals with 32 points and 3 steals. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Olivier Sarr were tied for the team lead in rebounds with 9 rebounds apiece. Jalen Williams led the team in assists with 6 assists. Chet Holmgren led the team in blocks with 4 blocks. The Thunder are averaging 112.75 points per game while allowing an average of 112.25 points per game this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals with an average of 26 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.5 steals per game this season. Chet Holmgren leads the team in blocks with an average of 2.75 blocks per game on the year.
BookMaker has the Oklahoma City Thunder listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. The teams have split the last ten games with both going 5-5 while Oklahoma City has won two of the last three meetings. The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The New Orleans Pelicans are 2-1 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, and 1-0 ATS as an underdog this season while the Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, and 1-0 ATS as a favorite on the year.
Oklahoma City has covered the spread in seven of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while winning two of the previous three meetings. I look for this to be a tightly contested game on Wednesday, however, the Thunder have been the better team in the series at covering the spread and have gone 3-1 ATS overall this season. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Oklahoma City Thunder when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
Spooky Express Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -3
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