New Orleans Pelicans Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA Consensus Betting Picks | Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans are used to being carried by Anthony Davis. It’s not a great approach each night, but it’s the reality of the team. Without Davis in the lineup, the rest of the Pelicans’ roster now need to find out if they are good enough to win without one of the best players in the NBA. Their first challenge will be against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and it might not be a pretty one.
New Orleans Pelicans Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions
Anthony Davis suffered a sprained left index finger against the Portland Trail Blazers and is expected to miss between one or two weeks. Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. All those numbers are above his career averages. The Pelicans did respond without him by beating the Memphis Grizzlies by 20 points on Monday. They responded as a team as Jrue Holiday, and Nikola Mirotic each chipped in with 21 points. Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor added 20 points each, and the Pelicans covered as 3-point underdogs.
Beating Memphis without Davis is good, but the Grizzlies are one of the worst teams in the NBA. Now they face the Thunder who enters this outing on a three-game winning streak. Their good momentum includes victories against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers. Those teams are playoffs-worthy caliber squads. OKC covered the spread in each of those three wins. They were dogs against the Sixers and won outright. The Thunder was a 9-point favorite against the Knicks and a 4-point favorite against the Blazers.
The Thunder has won two of the last three games and six of the last ten in the series against the Pelicans. The winner of the last ten meetings between these two ended up covering the spread. However, without Anthony Davis on the floor, the entire scenario chances, especially for Russell Westbrook and the rest of the OKC offense. Westbrook had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists against Portland. He might go off against New Orleans knowing the Anthony Davis won’t be around to stop his drives to the basket.
What’s the play? Thunder.
- Spread: -11.5
- Money line: -108
- Game Total: 237.5
- Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
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