Pelicans vs Thunder Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – NBA Play-In Tournament

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The New Orleans Pelicans (42-40) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-42) will take the court at Smoothie King Center in a matchup on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 9:30 PM ET on ESPN. The Pelicans are 6-point favorites in the game. The over/under is 226.5 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 6 points, with bookmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -237 odds to pick up the win, while the Thunder are listed at +194 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 226.5 points.

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Pelicans vs. Thunder Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, April 12, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Pelicans vs. Thunder Betting Trends

The Pelicans are 39-41-2 against the spread this year. New Orleans has come away with 27 wins in the 41 contests it has been listed as the favorite this season. Pelicans games this year have hit the over on 38 of 82 set point totals.

Against the spread, the Thunder are 47-34-1 this season. Oklahoma City is 22-30 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 42.3% of those games). Thunder games this year have gone over the point total 43 times in 82 opportunities (52.4%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Pelicans

Pelicans Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Brandon Ingram 45 24.7 5.5 5.8 0.7 0.4 1.4
CJ McCollum 75 20.9 4.4 5.7 0.9 0.5 2.8
Trey Murphy III 79 14.5 3.6 1.4 1.1 0.5 2.6
Jonas Valančiūnas 79 14.1 10.2 1.8 0.3 0.7 0.5
Josh Richardson 65 10.1 2.7 2.7 1.1 0.3 1.6

Thunder

Thunder Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 68 31.4 4.8 5.5 1.6 1 0.9
Josh Giddey 76 16.6 7.9 6.2 0.8 0.4 1
Jalen Williams 75 14.1 4.5 3.3 1.4 0.5 1
Luguentz Dort 74 13.7 4.6 2.1 1 0.3 1.8
Isaiah Joe 71 9.7 2.5 1.2 0.7 0.1 2.3
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Pelicans vs. Thunder Injury Report

Thunder: Kenrich Williams: Out (Wrist), Aleksej Pokusevski: Out (Knee)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

With 114.4 points per game on offense, New Orleans is 15th in the NBA. On defense, it cedes 112.5 points per contest, which ranks eighth in the league. The Pelicans are scoring 114.9 points per game at home. When playing on the road, they are averaging 113.8 points per contest. The Pelicans have seen an increase in scoring recently, racking up 117 points per game in their last 10 outings, 2.6 points more than the 114.4 they’ve scored this year.

With 11 three-pointers per game, New Orleans ranks 23rd in the NBA. It has a 36.4% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 15th in the league. Of the shots taken by the Pelicans in 2022-23, 65.6% of them have been two-pointers (73.9% of the team’s made baskets) and 34.4% have been threes (26.1%).

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What you need to know about the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City is the fifth-best squad in the league in points scored (117.5 per game) and 19th in points allowed (116.4). In 2022-23 the Thunder are scoring 6.7 more points per game at home (120.8) than on the road (114.1). The Thunder are scoring 116.4 points per game over their previous 10 games, which is 1.1 fewer points than their average for the season (117.5).

With 12.1 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.6% from downtown, Oklahoma City is 15th and 17th in the league, respectively, in those categories. The Thunder attempt 36.9% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 63.1% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 28.2% of the Thunder’s buckets are 3-pointers, and 71.8% are 2-pointers.

Pelicans vs. Thunder Predictions and Pick

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WRITTEN BY

Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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