New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Picks & Predictions 11/5/2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Get todays NBA odds and lines on this game.
The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, November 5, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Oklahoma City as 3.5 point favorites.
The Pelicans have a record of 4-5. They are 3rd in the Southwest Division. They have a point differential of -1.7 as they average 118.9 points per game while giving up 120.6 per contest. The Thunder have an overall mark of 4-4. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They total 112.1 points per contest and give up 110.8, which is a point differential of 1.4.
Valuable New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 4-4-0 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 5-2-0 against the over/under
Important Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-4-0 against the spread
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 4-4-0 against the over/under
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
11/03/18 PG Elfrid Payton Ankle is questionable Monday vs Oklahoma City
10/11/18 C Alexis Ajinca Knee is out indefinitely
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
10/04/18 G Andre Roberson Knee is out indefinitely
Nikola Mirotic comes into this contest averaging 22.4 points per game while playing 31.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 10.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 71%. Anthony Davis averages 23.8 points per game in 37.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.8 assists per contest and 12.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 71%.
Paul George averages 22.6 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.8 rebounds per game and has 3.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Russell Westbrook averages 25.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.5 rebounds per contest and 8.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 64%.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans averages 118.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 46.4 rebounds per game and 26.1 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 15th with 14.2 per game. The Pelicans allow 120.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc, ranking them 26th and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.0 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 27.0 assists per contest, which puts them in 27th place in the league. They force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City is 14th in the league with 112.1 points per game this year. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 1.4. They shoot 29% from 3-point range, which is good for 30th in the NBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 47.0 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 22.0. The Thunder are 17th in turnovers per game with 14.1. The Thunder surrender 110.8 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 16th with 23.5 assists allowed per contest and 17th with 45.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Thunder are 30th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 18.0 per game.
The Pelicans are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 115, and their offensive rating of 113.4 is ranked 25th. They are 5th in the NBA in pace with 104.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 9th. As a unit they are 11th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. New Orleans is 19th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 6th in the NBA.
Oklahoma City is 22nd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 21st in the league. The Thunder are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.8, and their defensive rating of 106.4 is ranked 6th. In terms of pace they are 8th in the league with 104 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 27th. As a team they are 28th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Oklahoma City -3.5
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's NBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert NBA Picks