Thunder vs Pelicans Prediction - NBA Picks 3/11/23

New Orleans Pelicans (32-34) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (31-35)

Game Info: Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 8:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -4 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in the NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 118.2 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 116.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.1 points and 5.7 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists. Luguentz Dort is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Williams is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.1 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 113.6 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.3 points and 5 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

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The Thunder are 7-3-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 2 days rest. The Pelicans are 2-14 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 7-0-1 in Thunder last 8 overall. The under is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 overall. The Thunder are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in shaky form these last couple of weeks, and I'm not sure if I trust them on the road. The New Orleans Pelicans have had their issues as well and injuries continue to play a role, but they're also at home, where they win by an average of 4.9 points and shoot above 48 percent from the field. Chalk is reasonable. Give me the Pelicans.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -4

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