New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 2/13/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Monday, February 13, 2023
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Paycom Center is where the Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.
The Pelicans stepped onto the hardwood against the Cavaliers and ended up losing by a score of 118-107 in their last game. Concerning personal fouls, the Pelicans walked away with 18 and the Cavaliers recorded 22 personal fouls. They knocked down 10 of their 28 tries from 3-point land. Cleveland ended up shooting 80.0% from the charity stripe by burying 12 of their 15 tries. Furthermore, Cleveland collected 41 boards (12 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Cleveland distributed 28 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. With regard to defending, New Orleans allowed the other team to go 56.5% from the field on 48 out of 85 shooting. They also doled out 25 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned 34 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 20 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. New Orleans ended having earned a 47.6% field goal percentage (39 out of 82) and buried 9 of their 24 3-point attempts.
Brandon Ingram is a player who had an impact for the matchup. Ingram finished the game at 53.3% from the field and dished out 8 assists. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes played and snagged 3 rebounds. He notched 25 points on 8 out of 15 shooting.
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New Orleans comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 29-28 for the campaign. They average 115.3 pts per contest (11th in basketball) while shooting 48.0% from the field. The Pelicans are shooting 35.7% on three-point shots (619 of 1,733) and 78.0% from the free throw line. As a team, New Orleans is grabbing 44.2 boards per game and has racked up 1,476 dimes so far this year, which is 10th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 14.9 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 20.6 fouls per contest.
When they are on defense, the Pelicans are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game and they draw 20.8 fouls. They relinquish 34.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 16th in the league in PPG allowed (113.6). The Pelicans defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.5% (2,364 of 4,982) and they relinquish 42.0 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 15th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,439 relinquished for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Thunder took home the win by a final score of 138-129 against the Trail Blazers. Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Oklahoma City allowed Portland to snag 32 in total (9 offensive). They finished 40.0% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 16 of 40 and walked away from this one shooting 29 of 31 from the charity stripe (93.5%). The Thunder allowed the Trail Blazers to convert 42 of 76 tries from the field which had them sitting at 55.3% in the game. Overall, the Thunder finished shooting 47 out of 83 from the field which had them shooting 56.6%. Concerning shots from beyond the perimeter, Oklahoma City converted 12 of 24 attempts (50.0%). They were able to knock down 32 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 91.4%. The Trail Blazers were called for 27 fouls in the matchup which took the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 35 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Thunder were able to snag 19 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 for this contest.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pitched in for the Thunder in the game. Gilgeous-Alexander earned 44 points in his 39 mins on the hardwood and earned 7 assists in this game. He buried 13 out of 16 for the matchup giving him a rate of 81.3%, and earned 3 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss mark of 27-28 this season. When it comes to offense, the Thunder are connecting on 47.2% from the floor, which ranks 17th in basketball. Oklahoma City has totaled 6,487 points so far this season (117.9 per contest) and they pull in 43.7 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 24.8 times per contest (18th in the league) and they turn it over 13.5 times per game. The Thunder are responsible for committing 21.5 personal fouls every game and they shoot 80.0% from the charity stripe.
The Oklahoma City defense gives up 36.1% on 3-pointers (704 of 1,951) and their opposition makes 78.2% of their foul shots. They have conceded 25.6 dimes and 46.7 rebounds per game, which is 15th and 30th in the league. The Thunder on the defensive side of the court are 21st in basketball in PPG given up with 116.9. They are forcing their opponents into 16.8 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the floor (12th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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