Pelicans vs Thunder: Free NBA Picks and Predictions
New Orleans is still dealing with a few injuries as they go into their game tonight. Will they the Thunder have a Thanksgiving hangover in their matchup?
Injuries have played a huge role in the Pelicans have performed this season. Being without Zion Williamson was tough enough, but almost every essential player on this roster has missed time this year and at the Western Conference, that a death sentence.
Tonight won’t be any different. Williamson will be for a couple weeks and is sill outside and the accidents and illnesses do not stop there.
Lonzo Ball has ruled out tonight. On top of him, Derrick Favors is set to miss the next game due to personal reasons, so once more the Pelicans will likely be thin at center and point guard.
Those are. OKC has amazed this season to me and they’re extremely strong in the positions the Pelicans will be weak at tonight.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is having a enormous season and may be in the running for most improved player, while Chris Paul is as strong as ever . Add in Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel’s Blend and the Thunder possess tonight to some benefits.
I have my eyes.
Both these teams are night and night when they’re playing over the street and I believe we need to exploit that using all the Thunder being undervalued here in comparison to at home. The Pelicans have been among the road defenses in the NBA and without Ball and Favors tonight, that is just two of the best defenders not around the courtroom.
It becomes worse at first portions of their road games. New Orleans is giving up 119.3 points per 100 possessions at the first portions of their street games, while scoring 104.1. These position them 17th and 28th respectfully in those classes.
The Thunder in the home are about the other end of the spectrum. OKC is posting a performance of 100, which can be seventh-best from the league among dwelling teams. Their offense has also been sizzling in first halves, especially in the home.
The Thunder are one of a handful of teams that rank in both defensive and offensive performance in the first halves of the home matches. Considering how awful the Pelicans have been on the road, and also the fact they are missing two starters nevertheless on defense, I am backing the Thunder at the first half of this one.
My Pick: Thunder 1st Half -2