NBA Betting Preview: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder are having up-and-down seasons thus far, but they both have an equal opportunity at turning things around when they meet on Thursday. Their game is set for 8:00PM ET inside Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Pelicans are currently 2-2 and are looking to avoid their first back-to-back loss of the year. They’ve beaten the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs so far, but have lost to the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. They’ll need Zion Williamson to give them his best if they’re going to win on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Thunder are currently 1-2 after having their first game of the season postponed due to COVID-19. They opened their season late and it went well, winning 109-107 in spectacular fashion. Unfortunately, they’ve dropped two games since then and are desperate for a win here.

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Preview: Will the Pelicans avoid their second loss in a row?

The New Orleans Pelicans have a solid one-two punch in Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. Ingram is once again having an All-Star worthy season and Zion is putting his own campaign together. Ingram has 23.3 points, 7 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1 steal per game this year.

Meanwhile, Zion is averaging 21.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 2.0 steals per game this season. Lonzo Ball is the only other player averaging double-digit points at 11.3 points per game. Moving forward, they need more from players like Steven Adams, Josh Hart, and Eric Bledsoe.

Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview: Can the Thunder snap their two-game losing streak?

The Oklahoma City Thunder are led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is the centerpiece of this rebuild. He’s surrounded by a ton of unproven talent, but talent nonetheless. Al Horford and George Hill provide some veteran leadership, but it has yet to kick in yet early in the season.

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 23.3 points, 5.7 rebounds. 7.7 assists, and 0.7 blocks per game this year. Luguentz Dort is having a fine season with 18.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. Isaiah Roby and George Hill are also averaging over 15.0 points per game.

Pelicans vs. Thunder Betting Odds & Lines

Which team is going to avoid extending their current losing streaks with a much-needed victory on Thursday? BetOnline has the New Orleans Pelicans (-100) with the 5.5-point advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder (-100). They also have the over/under listed at 214.5 total points.

Free Betting Pick

Something tells me this is going to be an extremely close game. The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young team in the midst of a rebuild, but they have the explosiveness to make noise. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans are ready to prove they can win now and make a playoff push later this season.

Both teams are having rough starts to the season, but they’ve also had a lot of things to build off of. I think they display that through all four quarters tonight, but I think the Thunder come through down the stretch. Free throws will play a large role in the ending of this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder (+5.5)

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