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Thunder vs Pelicans Prediction, Odds and NBA Picks Tuesday, March 26

In the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans are considered the two young teams with legit NBA Finals odds. That is a big reason why this matchup is so intriguing to watch, and it could also be a series in the playoffs.

Despite all the hype around the Thunder, they fell short when facing another true title contender in the Milwaukee Bucks, losing 118-93. On the other hand, the Pelicans got the chance to face a shorthanded Detroit Pistons, which made an easy matchup that much easier in a 114-101 win.

Thunder vs Pelicans Prediction, Odds and Picks Tuesday, March 26
Thunder vs Pelicans Prediction, Odds and Picks Tuesday, March 26

 

Thunder vs Pelicans Game Information

  • Game: Thunder (49-21) vs Pelicans (44-27)
  • Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Day Game: Tuesday, March 26
  • Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Thunder vs Pelicans Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

 

Before the loss to the Bucks, the Thunder had won four straight, still playing like one of the top teams in the league. That loss should not shift NBA lines too much. However, the lines could be even out with how the Pelicans are currently playing, winning eight of their last 10.

 

Thunder vs Pelicans Head-to-Head

Thunder vs Pelicans Odds and Spreads

 

  • Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Under is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Under is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 games following a ATS loss.
  • Under is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Under is 4-0 in Pelicans last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Under is 4-0 in Pelicans last 4 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
  • Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

 

ATS Pick: Thunder (-1)

This should be a very even matchup, and the NBA spreads show that with how close the line is set. However, the Thunder could have the advantage by trying to bounce back after a poor performance against the Bucks.

No player on the roster scored over 20 points in the loss to the Bucks. That included Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a potential MVP candidate who averages 30.5 points but only scored 12 against the Bucks, shooting 5 of 12 from the field. Jalen Williams did finish with 18 points, but Chet Holmgren struggled, going 1 of 10 from the field and scoring only six.

That loss seemed like an off night for the whole Thunder roster, which probably won’t happen again for NBA predictions. The Thunder have proved over and over this season that they are one of the top teams in the West and should bounce back against the Pelicans, even on the road.

On top of that, the Pelicans will be without Brandon Ingram, who has been a crucial part of the offense, leading the team in assists and second in scoring. Zion Williamson did have a big performance in the second game without Ingram, with 36 points on 14 shots, adding seven rebounds and six assists. However, that was against an injured Pistons roster, and the Thunder are a tougher matchup.

 

 

Over/Under Pick: Under 223

While both teams are considered young and up-and-coming, both are very mature. A big reason for that is how they have played defense, which makes taking the under for NBA picks an easy option. The Pelicans have the fifth-best defensive rating in the league while the Thunder are sixth. These teams have also played twice this season, hitting the under each time.

Furthermore, both teams have been hitting the under regularly recently. The Thunder and Pelicans have both hit the under in seven of their last 10 games, which is helped out by their elite defense, but also the league trending toward lower-scoring games since the All-Star break.

 

 

Player Prop Pick: CJ McCollum Over 19.5 points (-126)

With Ingram out for the foreseeable future, the Pelicans will need someone to step up offensively, which might be CJ McCollum. In the first two games without Ingram, McCollum has averaged 26.5 points and seven assists. The offense has shifted to him immediately having more responsibility, leading to bigger numbers.

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Thunder vs Pelicans Score Prediction

Thunder 111, Pelicans 108

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which team has a better chance of reaching the NBA Finals?


The Thunder and Pelicans both have a good chance of reaching the Finals. The Thunder are the higher seed but are much younger while the Pelicans seem more versatile.

Does Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have a chance to win the MVP?


Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is not favored to win the MVP for BetUS Sportsbook but is still in the running with the second-best odds.

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