Oklahoma City Thunder (37-19) at New Orleans Pelicans (25-33)
NBA Basketball: Thursday February 14th 2019 at 8:05 PM EDT (Smoothie King Center)
Line and Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder-4
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This Western Conference showdown is between one of the hottest in the league in the Thunder and a Pelicans team that is struggling big time. Oklahoma City is 9-1 in their last ten games and sit in third in the West. The Thunder are just 3.5 games of the Golden State Warriors for first in the conference. Meanwhile, New Orleans is 3-7 in their last ten games and are dealing with an upset Anthony Davis who is just done with this team. Davis scored just three points in their most recent loss to the Orlando Magic and his quote for the game was “we sucked.” That quote sums up the season for New Orleans and a few other bottom teams in the East and West. Anyway, both these teams have something to play for that will slowly impact their futures.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are storming it up in the West. They have won four straight games and during this stretch of games, they have scored at least 117 points. The Thunder are coming off two great wins against the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. OKC was down 22 at the half and on the road in Houston. The Thunder stormed back with a 42-20 third quarter and won. Paul George continued his amazing season with 45 points and eleven rebounds. Of course, Russell Westbrook got his usual, triple-double as well. Against Portland, OKC had a 19 point lead at the half, the Blazers came back in the third, and the Thunder finished it off in the fourth. Westbrook and George both had triple-doubles and they have been playing out of their shoes. George went for 47 against Portland and he will look for another strong effort before the all-star break.
The New Orleans Pelicans have hit rock bottom with team chemistry and Anthony Davis wants out. The Pelicans have lost two straight games and just lost by 30, at home, to the Magic. New Orleans only had four players in double figures and with low totals. The Pelicans put the flag up early, as they were down 22 at the end of the first quarter. This team is 1-5 in their last six games at home and no one has been doing their part with scoring. They need to have a team meeting, learn how to play competitive basketball again, and give 110 percent. Teams that have dysfunction in the locker room and on the court, will just continue to spiral downward. Now despite all this drama, the Pelicans have played well against the Thunder this season. Sure New Orleans is 1-2 against OKC, but both losses were 122-116 and the one win was a 118-114 game at home. Maybe the Pelicans will actually play as a team again and show another great effort against the Thunder.
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So, who will win round four between these two teams? Well we know the Thunder will try to build a big lead earlier, George will go for 40 plus, and Westbrook will get a triple-double. It’s really about how the Pelicans will respond after an all around terrible effort against the Magic, where it looked like no one cared. Davis is probably not coming back to the Pelicans, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t be a leader and show some character when everything is going against you. There is still talent around you and yes their remaining schedule has numerous amounts of elite teams being thrown at them. The least the Pelicans can do is compete and see what happens. Maybe it will start against the Thunder and we might see a back and forth tilt. There will be a better effort from New Orleans, but OKC wins 125-115.
Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder-4