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New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2 Prediction And Betting Odds

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

The Pelicans have only themselves to blame for not stealing Game 1 on the road in their series against the OKC Thunder. It was a very inefficient shooting game from the Pels, as they finished the game making 38% of their shots from the field and just 28% from three. There were some positives to take away as well, as Jonas Valanciunas dominated the boards with 20 rebounds in 29 minutes. That’s a massive advantage for the Pelicans, he just outmuscles Chet Holmgren down low and I don’t really see how OKC counters that. The issues for Game 2 is that I am not sure if New Orleans will get the same wide open quality shots they got on Sunday, because the Thunder defense will certainly make adjustments. The absence of Zion Williamson will show here.

Winning that series opener could turn out to be crucial in this series for Oklahoma City, you can only imagine how a young roster like theirs would feel after a loss in their postseason debut. They didn’t shoot the ball all that well from the perimeter at just 31%, but that’s the big strength of this team. They are more than capable of making up for missed threes by making a shots from the mid-range. Nobody does it as well as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, I’m looking at him to once again lead the charge in Game 2. The rebounding will have to be fixed though, I doubt they’ll win another game if they allow 18 offensive rebounds like they did in Game 1. OKC enters this game on a 6-game win streak, they’ve also covered the spread in 13 of the last 19 meetings with the Pels.

Oklahoma City Thunder Point Spread Prediction

Thunder -8.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Last night we saw the first two road wins in this NBA postseason, I am not so optimistic for the road teams in Wednesday’s games. Winning Game 1 by just 2 points was a wake-up call for OKC, I’m expecting them to come out with a sense of urgency here. Back the home team to cover.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2 Total Points: Over 210.5

Over 210.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

Neither team could crack the 100 point mark in Game 1, that has prompted the oddsmakers to lower the projected total by 6 points ahead of Game 2. I’m expecting a bounce back performance from both teams offensively, the difference here will be them actually making all the wide open looks they had in Sunday’s game. During the regular season we saw at least 216 points in 2 of the 3 meetings between the two teams, while the last 10 games head-to-head are averaging 216.1 points per game. OKC was the 3rd highest scoring team during the regular season, scoring 118.3 points per 100 possessions. The Pelicans finished just outside the top 10 with an average of 116.5 points, so an uptick in productivity is to be expected from both teams on Wednesday. One might say that New Orleans is not the same team without Zion and you’d be right, but without him in the line-up there’s only a -0.6 differential in their offensive rating this season. I’ll be taking the over in Game 2.

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