Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans
NBA: Thursday, February 13, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, 8:00 PM ET
The Oklahoma City Thunder won nine in ten games before suffering a couple of home defeats to the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder now dropped to a 32-22 record and are in the 7th place in the Western Conference.
The New Orleans Pelicans responded to a two-game losing run with three consecutive victories, including the most recent one over the Portland Trail Blazers at home. The pelicans improved to a 23-31 record and climbed up to 11th place in the West.
These conference rivals already met three times this season, and the Thunder won all three encounters. The visitors will be looking to sweep the series, but the Pelicans are desperate to prevent that and get a win.
The Thunder fell short to the Spurs at homeOklahoma City failed to bounce back from a narrow home loss to the Boston Celtics as the San Antonio Spurs snapped their five-game skid with a 114-106 victory. The Thunder scored just 14 points in the opening quarter, and although they responded in the next two quarters, the hosts didn't have enough strength to make a comeback. Chris Paul led the Thunder with 31 points and team-high seven assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 17 points and five rebounds, Danilo Gallinari had 15 points and eight boards, while Steven Adams posted a double-double of ten points and
"I thought offensively it was a hard night for us," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "We just never really got going."
This season, the Thunder have the 18th offense in the NBA that averages 110.4 points per game, and they are facing the Pelicans' 28th defense that allows 117.2 points per contest. The Thunder are the 23rd in rebounds with 43.1 and 27th in assists with 21.9 per game.
The Pelicans dismantled the Blazers at Smoothie King CenterNew Orleans returned home from a successful two-game road trip and destroyed the Portland Trail Blazers in one of the best offensive displays of the season. The Pelicans trailed by nine after the opening 12 minutes, but exploded in the third quarter with 41 points, allowing only 21 in return to book a massive 138-117 win. The hosts made 53.3% of their shots and hit 14 triples opposite Portland's seven. New Orleans had even 40 assists, nearly twice as much as the Blazers (21). Zion Williamson led the Pelicans with career-high 31 points, team-high nine rebounds, and five assists. J.J. Redick scored 20 points off the bench, Josh Hart added 17 points and six boards, while Jrue Holiday recorded a double-double of 16 points and game-high ten dimes. Holiday also added a couple of steals and blocks in an all-around display. Kenrich Williams (back) is out indefinitely, while Brandon Ingram (right ankle) went through some shooting drills and player development work on Wednesday and is questionable to play on Thursday.
"I expect to make an impact but I don't expect to do nothing like this," Williamson said in his usual, grinning, affable manner. "I just kind of look to come in, just kind of fit in, just not try to mess up, but my teammates and coaches are always pushing me."
This season, the Pelicans have the 4th offense in the NBA that averages 115.7 points per game, and they are facing the Thunder's 10th defense that allows 107.9 points per contest. The Pelicans are the 5th in rebounds with 46.6 and 6th in assists with 26.2 per game.
- 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall
- 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win
- 5-0 ATS in their last five games as a favorite
- 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games