Davis aims to lift visitors to victory
Anthony Davis has a league-leading 599 points through 19 games. Still, even his Herculean efforts seemingly aren’t enough to pull the Pelicans out of the doldrums.
New Orleans carries a 7-13 record into tonight’s matchup against Oklahoma City. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the Thunder odds of -260 to take care of business at home. Alvin Gentry’s group, on the other hand, enters Chesapeake Energy Arena as a +220 underdog.
In his fifth professional season, Davis continues to blossom. Yet the former Kentucky sensation’s supporting cast couldn’t be much more helpless. With rookie Buddy Hield only shooting 27.3 percent from beyond the arc, opposing defenses gladly focus their energies on somewhat neutralizing the star power forward. Until point guard Jrue Holiday regains the necessary stamina from offseason eye surgery, there’s no solution on the immediate horizon.
Meanwhile, OKC has found a nice rhythm during the past several weeks. Russell Westbrook notched his fourth consecutive triple-double in Wednesday’s 126-115 triumph over Washington. In addition, coach Billy Donovan’s used the same starting lineup in each of the team’s first 20 contests.
On paper, Oklahoma City appears to enjoy a pretty decisive advantage. Nonetheless, we don’t envision Davis encountering a lot of resistance in the paint. Expect an up-and-down affair whose outcome remains in question well into the fourth quarter.
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