New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 12/31/2020 Betting Preview: Computer Picks, Odds, Line, Spread and Trends

Written by on December 31, 2020

The New Orleans Pelicans (2-2) face the Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2) as 5.5-point favorites on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET on FS-OK. The matchup has an over/under of 214 points.

Betting Information

Pelicans vs Thunder Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Pelicans -5.5 -110 -110 214 -110 -110
Place a bet on New Orleans Pelicans or the Oklahoma City Thunder for Thursday’s game.

Head to Head

Oklahoma City has come out on top in seven of its last 10 head-to-head matchups against New Orleans. The Thunder also have a 3-0-1 edge against the spread when taking on the Pelicans.

Pelicans vs Thunder in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
2/13/2020 Pelicans Pelicans -3 235 -159 133 Regular Season 123-118 OKC
12/1/2019 Pelicans Pelicans -3 228.5 -146 123 Regular Season 107-104 OKC
11/29/2019 Thunder Thunder -5 229 -212 176 Regular Season 109-104 OKC
11/2/2019 Thunder Thunder -2.5 228 -133 113 Regular Season 115-104 OKC
2/14/2019 Pelicans Regular Season 131-122 NO
1/24/2019 Thunder Regular Season 122-116 OKC
12/12/2018 Pelicans Regular Season 118-114 NO
11/5/2018 Thunder Regular Season 122-116 OKC
4/1/2018 Pelicans Regular Season 109-104 OKC
2/2/2018 Thunder Regular Season 114-100 NO
  • 2/13/2020 DNP – Pelicans: Brandon Ingram
  • 12/1/2019 DNP – Pelicans: Zion Williamson
  • 11/29/2019 DNP – Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball
  • 11/2/2019 DNP – Pelicans: Zion Williamson; Thunder: Steven Adams
  • Pelicans Betting Information

    • New Orleans was consistently inconsistent against the spread last season, earning a 34-34-4 record.
    • The Pelicans fared well when favored by at least 5.5 points, posting a 6-2-1 record against the spread.
    • In 38 of 72 (52.8%) contests last season, New Orleans and its opponents hit the total.
    Bet on the New Orleans Pelicans to win the NBA Championship.

    Thunder Betting Information

    • Oklahoma City had a 46-31-1 record against the spread, covering in 59.0% of their outings.
    • When they were at least 5.5-point underdogs, the Thunder fared well, going 5-13 against the spread.
    • Oklahoma City combined with its opponents to hit the over in 46.2% of matchups last season (36 out of 78 opportunities).
    Bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • In 60 of 72 games (83.3%) last year, the Pelicans and their opponents combined for this matchup’s point total of 214 points.
    • Oklahoma City and its opponents combined to score at least 214 points in 45 of 79 games (57%) last year.
    • Opponents of the two teams averaged a combined 11.7 more points per game last season (225.7) than this matchup’s over/under of 214 points.
    • The Pelicans’ average point total in matchups last season was 233, 19 points higher than the over/under in this game.
    • The average point total for the Thunder last season was 4.5 points higher than this game’s over/under.
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    Pelicans Leaders

    • Brandon Ingram put up 23.8 points per game last season.
    • Lonzo Ball collected 7.0 assists per game and Steven Adams grabbed 9.2 rebounds per contest.
    • JJ Redick had a solid showing from long distance a season ago. He knocked down 3.0 shots from deep per game.
    • Ball averaged 1.4 steals per game. Adams collected 1.1 blocks a contest.

    Thunder Leaders

    • Al Horford did a little bit of everything last season, averaging 6.8 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists per game.
    • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a strong season offensively, scoring 19.0 points per game.
    • Trevor Ariza connected on 1.6 threes per game a season ago.
    • Ariza averaged 1.6 steals per game. Horford collected 0.9 blocks a contest.
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