Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks 3/26/24

New Orleans Pelicans (44-27) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (49-21)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +1.5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans meet Tuesday in the NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Thunder vs Pelicans prediction.

Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder recently beat the Jazz and Raptors while losing to the Bucks. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 120.3 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 112.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.5 points and 6.3 assists, while Jalen Williams is averaging 19.2 points and 4 rebounds. Chet Holmgren is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Giddey is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 83 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans recently beat the Heat and Pistons while losing to the Magic. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.7 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 110.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 22.6 points and 5.9 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Murphy III is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • C.J. McCollum ranks 6th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.3) this season.
  • Herb Jones ranks 8th amongst qualified players for 3P% (43.1%) this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder Player Facts

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ranks 1st amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.1) this season.
  • Chet Holmgren rank 3rd amongst qualified players for steals + blocks per game (3.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (34.4%).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for H1 opponent points per game this season (53.5).
  • The Thunder rank 1st in the league for blocks per game this season (6.6).
  • The Thunder rank 1st in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (15.8).

Thunder vs Pelicans prediction

The Thunder have been covering machines for most of the season, but they've failed to cover 8 of their last 10 games and have been surpassed by the Rockets for the second most profitable team in the NBA. With that said, the Pelicans are undermanned with no Ingram for a couple of weeks. The Thunder are the healthier team, and you don't often get them with these soft lines. Also, the Thunder smoked the Pelicans by 24 points back in January as 1.5 point favorites. While OKC has burned a hole in our pocket these last couple of weeks, I'm going to lay the bucket with the Thunder here. 

Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder -1.5

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