Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks 4/27/24

New Orleans Pelicans (50-36) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (59-25)

Game Info: Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +1.5 --- Over/Under: 211 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans collide in a pivotal NBA Playoffs Game 3 at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder will have their eyes on claiming a 3-0 series lead after taking care of business in a dominant 124-92 win over the Pelicans in Game 2 on Wednesday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 33 points and five assists on 13 of 19 shooting, Chet Holmgren added 26 points on nine of 13 shooting while Jalen Williams chipped in with 21 points and seven assists. As a team, the Thunder shot a sizzling 59 percent from the field and 14 of 29 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 35 points in the first quarter to jump out to an early double digit lead, before they finished with a flurry in the fourth quarter to make it a complete blowout win at home in the end.

New Orleans Pelicans

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans must be feeling the pressure now that they were unable to steal home-court advantage in the first two games of the series. In Wednesday's big loss to the Thunder, Jonas Valanciunas led the team in scoring with 19 points, Brandon Ingram and Herbert Jones each scored 18 points while CJ McCollum chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 45 percent from the field and seven of 26 from the 3-point line as they struggled against hte Thunder's ball movement from the start and just kept falling into a deeper hole as the game wore on. The Pelicans got just 14 points from their bench and they got nothing from Jose Alverado who finished scoreless on zero of five shooting.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • C.J. McCollum ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.6) this season.
  • Herb Jones ranks 12th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder Player Facts

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.0) this season.
  • Chet Holmgren rank 3rd amongst qualified players for steals + blocks per game (3.0) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for H1 opponent points per game this season (54.1).
  • The Pelicans rank 2nd in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (34.9%).
  • The Thunder rank T1st in the league for steals per game this season (8.5).
  • The Thunder rank T1st in the league for blocks per game this season (6.6).

Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction

The Thunder are coming into this game with the same lineup, while the Pelicans are still missing Zion Williamson, who will be re-evaluated next week. The Thunder hold all the momentum in the series now, and they will be brimming with confidence after making it look so easy on Wednesday. So while I'm expecting a much better fight from the Pelicans at home, it's hard to go past the Thunder at the short line in this spot.

Peter’s Pick Oklahoma City -1.5

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