Oklahoma City Thunder (29-13) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (25-18)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans 1/26/24 – As we approach a tantalizing NBA showdown on Friday,, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with an impressive 29-13 record, are set to face the formidable New Orleans Pelicans, standing at 25-18. This clash promises to be an exciting one, with both teams showcasing their strengths and seeking dominance in the league. Fans and bettors alike are eagerly anticipating this matchup, as it’s a pivotal moment for both teams in the season, and crucial for those making NBA daily predictions.
Oklahoma City Thunder have been an intimidating force this season, averaging 121.7 points per game with an incredible field goal percentage of 50.4% to make themselves formidable opponents for opponents to defend against. Their 3-point shooting has also proven deadly with 13.1 makes per game on average and 8.3 steals and 6.4 blocks averaged per game on defense – both key factors in their success; yet with an average turnover rate of 11.6 turnovers per game it must be reined in against teams like New Orleans Pelicans to ensure lasting victory.
The New Orleans Pelicans are not far behind in terms of performance. Averaging 116.7 points per game with an efficiency score of 48.6% field goal percentage. They excel at rebounding with 44.2 per game indicating board control prowess, as well as in their defensive game which features 8.3 steals and 4.7 blocks per game – however their higher turnover average (12.6) may pose some concerns for future seasons.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans 1/26/24 Game Info
|Friday, January 26, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET
|Smoothie King Center
|NBA League Pass
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG) vs. Zion Williamson (PF)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has thrust himself into the MVP conversation during his fifth NBA season. The 24-year-old point guard leads the league in minutes per game (37.4) and ranks fifth in scoring (31.1 PPG) while shooting over 50% from the field. His size and length make him a tough cover at 6’6”. However, SGA has struggled with turnovers (3.6 per game) and on the defensive end at times.
Meanwhile, Zion Williamson looks fully healthy after missing all of last season with a foot injury. The former first overall pick has been a force inside, averaging 22 points on efficient 61% shooting. Zion uses his unique combination of size, strength and explosiveness to overpower defenders in the paint. He has also shown improvement as a distributor, posting a career-best 4.6 assists per game. But his jump shot remains a work in progress and lackluster defense is still a concern.
This matchup will likely come down to whether the Pelicans can slow down Gilgeous-Alexander. New Orleans has multiple wing defenders to throw at SGA, but his ability to create offense for himself and teammates could prove too much. Conversely, Williamson should have his way inside against OKC’s depleted frontline. However, he will need help from the Pelicans’ shooters to prevent the Thunder from packing the paint.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are yet to be determined, but considering the teams’ performances and standings, it’s expected to be closely contested.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Thunder have been a profitable bet this year against the spread, covering at a 53% rate. OKC is also 12-8 ATS away from home. The Thunder have gone over the total in just 12 of their 42 games overall. But unders have cashed at a 12-9 clip in OKC’s road matchups.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
After some early struggles, the Pelicans have turned a corner ATS over the last few weeks. New Orleans is 5-2 against the number in its previous seven contests. The Pels also boast a solid 11-9 ATS record as home favorites. Totals have gone over in 10 of the team’s 22 games at Smoothie King Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans 01/26/24 Betting Picks
Based on the analysis and betting trends, this game appears to be a clash of titans with both teams having their strengths. The Thunder’s offensive firepower and defensive tenacity make them a formidable opponent. However, the Pelicans’ ability to control the boards and their efficient scoring cannot be underestimated.
In making the better pick, it’s essential to consider the Thunder’s stronger road record against the spread and their offensive efficiency. However, the Pelicans’ home advantage and rebounding strength can’t be ignored. For prop bets, considering the trends, betting on the OVER might be a wise choice. This game, rich in top handicapper insights, promises to be a close and high-scoring affair.
Free Pick and Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 118, New Orleans Pelicans 115.