Pelicans vs Thunder Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, March 11, 2023

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The New Orleans Pelicans (32-34) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-35), with the matchup starting at 8:30 PM ET from Smoothie King Center on Saturday, March 11, 2023. The Pelicans are only 2-point favorites in the game. The point total is 233.5 points in this contest.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Thunder

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with oddsmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -132 odds to pick up the win, while the Thunder are listed at +113 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 233.5 points.

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Pelicans vs. Thunder Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, March 11, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSNO
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Pelicans vs. Thunder Betting Trends

The Pelicans have played 66 games, with 30 wins against the spread. New Orleans has been chosen as the favorite in 30 games this year and has walked away with the win 20 times (66.7%) in those games. Pelicans games this year have gone over the total in 33 out of 66 opportunities (50%).

The Thunder are 40-25-1 against the spread this season. Oklahoma City has gone 20-25 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 44.4% of those games). Thunder games this season have hit the over on 37 of 66 set point totals (56.1%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pelicans Leaders
Brandon Ingram 31 22.9 5 4.8 0.7 0.4 1.5
CJ McCollum 59 21.2 4.3 5.8 0.9 0.5 2.8
Jonas Valančiūnas 63 14.1 9.7 1.7 0.3 0.5 0.5
Trey Murphy III 63 12.8 3.7 1.4 1 0.5 2.2
Josh Richardson 49 11.1 2.8 3.1 1.2 0.3 1.7


Thunder Leaders
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 56 31.2 4.8 5.7 1.7 1.1 0.9
Josh Giddey 61 16.2 7.8 6.2 0.8 0.4 0.9
Luguentz Dort 59 14 4.3 2.2 1 0.3 1.8
Jalen Williams 60 13.3 4.2 3.1 1.4 0.5 1
Isaiah Joe 56 9.4 2.3 1.2 0.6 0.1 2.3
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Pelicans vs. Thunder Injury Report

Thunder: Aleksej Pokusevski: Out (Leg), Kenrich Williams: Out (Wrist), Jalen Williams: Probable (Wrist)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

With 114.1 points per game on offense, New Orleans ranks 16th in the NBA. On defense, it gives up 113.4 points per contest, which ranks 15th in the league. The Pelicans score 114.7 points per game in home games, compared to 113.5 points per game on the road, a difference of 1.2 points per contest. On offense, the Pelicans have struggled over their last 10 games, scoring 106.2 points per contest over that span compared to the 114.1 they’ve racked up over the course of this year.

New Orleans is making 10.7 three-pointers per game (24th-ranked in NBA) this year, while owning a 35.4% three-point percentage (20th-ranked). Of the shots taken by the Pelicans in 2022-23, 65.6% of them have been two-pointers (74.6% of the team’s made baskets) and 34.4% have been three-pointers (25.4%).

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What you need to know about the Oklahoma City Thunder

On offense, Oklahoma City is the second-best squad in the NBA (118.2 points per game). On defense, it is 20th (117 points allowed per game). The Thunder score 121 points per game at home, and 115 on the road. Over their past 10 games, the Thunder are scoring 121.3 points per game, 3.1 more than their season average (118.2).

Beyond the arc, Oklahoma City is 13th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (12.4). It is 14th in 3-point percentage at 36.2%. In 2022-23, the Thunder have taken 36.8% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 63.2% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 28.4% of the Thunder’s baskets have been 3-pointers, and 71.6% have been 2-pointers.

Pelicans vs. Thunder Predictions and Pick

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