New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/15/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/15/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder (8-18) vs New Orleans Pelicans (8-21)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Paycom Center)

Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder +1.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Paycom Center. The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.7 points and 6.1 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.8 points and 11.9 rebounds. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 99.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 21.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, while Luguentz Dort is averaging 17.3 points and 3.9 rebounds. Josh Giddey is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Muscala is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games. The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 28-13-1 in Pelicans last 42 overall. The under is 5-2 in Thunder last 7 home games. The Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

I don't want to back the New Orleans Pelicans in the favorite role, especially on the road, where they lose by an average of nine points. However, the Oklahoma City Thunder look like a team that's being left for dead, as they've lost 10 of their last 12 games, and they're losing their last five games by an average of 20.2 points while shooting 41.1 percent from the field. It's downright ugly in OKC right now. Give me the Pelicans.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -1.5

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