Thunder vs. Pelicans Prediction

NBA Picks: Can the Pelicans pull off the upset tonight vs. Thunder? 12/21/16

Can the Pelicans pull off the small upset tonight when they host the Thunder at 8:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Pelicans are 2-point home underdogs versus the Thunder after opening as a 1-point dog, while the total opened at 210.5 but has been bet all the way down to 208.

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The Thunder enters play tonight having lost three of four games and is coming off a 110-108 loss at home to the Hawks on Monday night as a 3-point favorite. Russell Westbrook hit 16-of-33 shots, went 3-of-10 on 3-pointers and was 11-of-13 in free throws on his way to 46 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and just four turnovers. On an injury front, Victor Oladipo is being listed as out for tonight's game due to a right wrist sprain.

On Tuesday night Anthony Davis scored 31 points during the Pelicans' 108-93 win in Philadelphia. Davis added 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes played. He had a rough start to the game, making just 1-of-8 from the field in the first quarter, but the Pelicans fed Davis after halftime and he got rolling. The Pelicans are just 3-7 in their last 10 games.

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OUR PREDICTION: The underdog is 7-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings between these two teams while the Pelicans have been a great home bet, cashing in seven of their last 10 games in New Orleans. On the other side, the Thunder are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, are 4-10 against the number in their last 10 road games and are 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games coming off a loss. I'll roll the dice on the home team coming off the win.




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