|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NBABefore All-Star Weekend starts in the NBA, there are two final games left to play. Let's take a look at the Western Conference matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game at Chesepeake Energy Arena is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 PM ET, and will be televised on SportsNet and TNT. Currently, the Thunder are solidly favored to win at home.
The Pelicans are 20-32 SU and 22-30 ATS so far this season. They are 6-20 on the road, and 25 of their games have gone OVER the line, with 26 going UNDER, and 1 being a PUSH. They are coming off of a 100-96 win over the Utah Jazz, where they won against the spread as -1 ½ point home favorites. The total went OVER the 194 point line set by sports betting sites for that game
The Thunder are 39-14 SU and 21-32 ATS overall this year. They are 24-5 at home, and 24 of their games have gone OVER the line, while the other 29 all went UNDER. They are coming off of a 122-105 win over the Phoenix Suns, where they won against the spread as -13 point road favorites. The total went OVER the 213 ½ point line set by NBA betting oddsmakers in that one.
New Orleans is 6-0 ATS against Northwest Division teams, and 5-11 ATS coming off of a win spreadwise. They are 2-5 ATS overall recently, and 3-8 ATS against teams with a winning record overall.
The total has gone OVER in all 8 of their games after a SU win, and OVER in all 7 of their games after a win spreadwise. The total has gone OVER in all 5 of their games against Northwest Division teams, and OVER in 7 of their last 9 against the Western Conference. The total has gone OVER in 11 of their last 14 games overall, and UNDER in 37 of their last 56 on the road.
Oklahoma City is 6-2 ATS at home, and 4-11 ATS against the Southwest Division. They are 4-13 ATS against teams with a losing record overall, and 2-7 ATS overall recently. They are 2-9 ATS coming off of a spread win, and 1-6 ATS after a SU win. They are 1-5 ATS against the Western Conference, and 1-6 ATS on Thursday night.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of their last 8 against the Southwest Division, and OVER in 5 of their last 6 against the Western Conference. The total has gone OVER in 7 of their last 9 games overall, and OVER in 5 of their last 7 coming off of a SU win. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 at home, and OVER in 5 of their last 7 coming off of a win spreadwise.
Between these teams, the Pelicans are 5-1 ATS lately, and 6-2 ATS when playing in OKC. The road team is 4-0 ATS, while the underdog is 6-0 ATS in this series. The total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 meetings.
They last met on November 18, 2015, when the Thunder won 110-103, and the Pelicans covered the spread as 12 point road underdogs. The total went OVER the 212 point line set by the online casino in that matchup.
For Thursday night's game, betting odds list the Thunder as -11 ½ point home favorites. The over/under is set at 220 points. On the moneyline, Oklahoma City is listed at -1000, while New Orleans is a +700.