Oklahoma City Thunder @ New Orleans Pelicans (Western Conference) NBA Betting preview for Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

 

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The (17-8) SU, (15-10) Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six including a 122-113 home victory over Utah as 5 point home FAVORITES ATS on December 10th.

Oklahoma City is on top of their division and leads Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. They’ll be playing four of their next six on the road with crucial games at Northwest foes Denver and Utah.

  • Oklahoma City is 14-6 ATS their last twenty overall.
  • The Thunder are 6-2 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last eight vs. New Orleans.
  • The OVER is 6-1 the last seven between the teams in New Orleans.
  • Over bettors have cashed Oklahoma City last five vs.Teams with an SU losing record.

The (14-15) SU, (13-16) ATS New Orleans Pelicans return home after a two-game road trip in which they beat Detroit and lost to Boston.

After beginning the 2018-19 season with four consecutive SU wins the Pelicans are trending downwards with a 10-15 SU/ATS record. They’re fourth in the Southwest division, two and a half game behind first-place Memphis.

  • UNDER Bettors have cashed in New Orleans last three games.
  • The Pelicans are 2-3 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last five at home.
  • New Orleans is 4-11 ATS their last fifteen at home against Oklahoma City.
  • The OVER is 4-0 the Pelicans last four vs. — teams with a winning percentage above 60.

Wednesday’s game is 8:05 PM EST at Smoothie Kings Arena adjacent to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ESPN Television Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Oklahoma City a 2 point road UNDERDOG ATS. The TOTAL is 234 points for Wednesday’s contest.

After losing to Utah in the first round of the 2017-18 playoffs, Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti found at the hard way that Super teams don’t always work. Russell Westbrook and Paul George are still around, but they decided Carmelo Anthony wasn’t a good fit.

Center Steven Adams (15.4) points per game is turning into a threat on offense. Adman outplayed Pelicans star Anthony Davis in their November 6th meeting.

The Thunder average (111.6) ppg while allowing opponents (104.7) points per contest. George (24.3) ppg leads the Thunder in scoring, but everything runs through Westbrook who’s only played in 17 games. An indication of how much he means to the franchise; they began the season 0-4 while he was rehabilitating his knee.

Oklahoma City is at their best when in transition scoring a league-best (16.2) ppg on turnovers. The Thunder also leads the NBA with (12.0) offensive rebounds per contest, (10.0) steals and they force a league-high (18.0) turnovers per game.

The addition of Dennis Schroeder adds quickness to the second unit.

Head Coach Billy Donovan has a scrappy bunch, he’s sold them on the idea they can win with extensive effort, and it’s showing. A key to a Thunder win is Adams making Davis into a mid-range shooter.

Bovada.Lv list the Oklahoma City Thunder win total at 48′ games for 2018-19.

Pelican head coach Alvin Gentry must find way’s for his team to fight through a stretch where they’ve played 17 games in 30 days. Also, Jrue Holiday along with Anthony Davis leads the league in minutes played this season. Fatigue showed up their last game which was part of back to back at Boston without E’Twaun Moore (14.0) ppg, Nikola Mirotic (17.4) ppg, and Elfrid Payton in the lineup.

While Moore is listed as day to day, Mirotic and, Payton have no timetable to return. Julius Randle (19.2) points per contest are showing he’s capable of attention from opposing defenses since coming to New Orleans for the Lakers; he’s also one of the five former University of Kentucky Wildcats on the roster. The Pelicans average (117.4) ppg which ranks 2nd in the NBA but the (115.6) ppg they allow opponents is the third worst league-wide.

New Orleans is (10-4) ATS at home this season while the Thunder have a (7-5) ATS road record. Davis has heard all the whispers of how Adam’s is turning into an elite player and will be out to show he’s untouchable.

Also, the matchup between former UCLA standouts Holiday and Westbrook is must-see television, and it’s why ESPN is showing the game. Both teams are in the top seven in rebounding; does New Orleans have enough in the tank to get the win tonight in front of the home crowd?

Bovada.Lv list the New Orleans Pelicans win total at 45′ games for 2018-19.

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