Thursday, February 25, 2016
Smoothie King Center
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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Smoothie King Center to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The opening line for this game has Oklahoma City as 6 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 220.
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The Thunder come into this game with an overall record of 40-16 and a road record of 15-9. They are 1st in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 7.5 as they are averaging 109.6 points per game while giving up 102.1 per contest. Oklahoma City is 10-1 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 27-5. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans have an overall record of 22-34 and a home record of 15-12. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 102.4 points per game and surrendering 105.3, good for a point differential of -2.9. New Orleans has a division record of 4-8 and a conference record of 14-22. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Russell Westbrook comes into this contest averaging 24 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Thunder. He pulls down 7.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 10.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Kevin Durant averages 27.7 points per game in 36 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.5 assists per contest and 7.9 rebounds per game for Oklahoma City. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Anthony Davis averages 24 points per game while playing 35.7 minutes per contest this year for the Pelicans. He grabs 10.3 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage currently is at 75%. Ryan Anderson averages 16.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.8 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Oklahoma City averages 109.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 7.5 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 3rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 12th in the league. They average 55.9 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per game which ranks them 3rd and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 15.4 per game. The Thunder allow 102.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.7 rebounds a game which ranks 5th and they give up 20.9 assists per contest which puts them in 7th place in the league. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the league.
New Orleans averages 102.4 points per game this year which ranks them 13th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 18th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 15th in the NBA. They average 50.6 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per contest which ranks them 23rd and 16th respectively. In the turnover department the Pelicans rank 2nd with 13.1 per game. The Pelicans allow 105.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 24th and 28th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 22.3 assists per contest which puts them in 18th place in the league. The Pelicans force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the NBA.
The Thunder average 111.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 103.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 5.6 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 0 per contest. The Thunder have an offensive rating of 112.6 and a defensive rating of 105. In terms of pace they average 96.5 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 26% of their shots. Oklahoma City turns the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Pelicans score 106.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 107 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -2.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 1.1 points per game. The Pelicans rating on offense is 105.7 and they have a defensive rating of 108.7. They get 96.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. New Orleans turns the ball over on 12 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 22-33-1 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 24-32-0 against the over/under
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 23-33-0 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 27-27-2 against the over/under
Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
02/24/16 G Andre Roberson Knee probable Wednesday vs. Dallas
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
02/23/16 C Omer Asik Ankle out indefinitely
02/12/16 G Tyreke Evans Knee out for season
01/19/16 G Eric Gordon Finger out 4-6 weeks
01/11/16 F Quincy Pondexter Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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