Thursday, January 27 2022

Who’s Playing

Oklahoma City @ New Orleans

Current Records: Oklahoma City 3-6; New Orleans 1-10

What to Know

The New Orleans Pelicans will be returning home after a four-game road trip. They will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Smoothie King Center. Oklahoma City should still be riding high after a win, while the Pelicans will be looking to right the ship.

The game between New Orleans and the Dallas Mavericks on Monday was not a total blowout, but with New Orleans falling 108-92 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. Despite the loss, New Orleans had strong showings from shooting guard Josh Hart, who had 22 points and five assists along with six boards, and center Jonas Valanciunas, who posted a double-double on 22 points and 11 rebounds. That makes it nine consecutive games in which Valanciunas has had at least 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile, even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, OKC beat the San Antonio Spurs 99-94 on Sunday. The victory came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 28-14 deficit. Oklahoma City’s power forward Mike Muscala was one of the most active players for the squad, picking up 20 points. Muscala had some trouble finding his footing against the Los Angeles Lakers last week, so this was a step in the right direction. Muscala’s points were the most he has had all season.

New Orleans is the favorite in this one, with an expected 4-point margin of victory. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past four games, so buyers beware.

The Pelicans are now 1-10 while OKC sits at 3-6. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: New Orleans has allowed their opponents to shoot 48% from the floor on average, which is the third highest shooting percentage allowed in the league. OKC has experienced some struggles of their own as they have only been able to knock down 40.80% percent of their shots, which is the second lowest field goal percentage in the league. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center — New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: Bally Sports – New Orleans
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $6.00

Odds

The Pelicans are a 4-point favorite against the Thunder, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Pelicans as a 4.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Oklahoma City have won 14 out of their last 21 games against New Orleans.

  • Apr 29, 2021 – New Orleans 109 vs. Oklahoma City 95
  • Jan 06, 2021 – Oklahoma City 111 vs. New Orleans 110
  • Dec 31, 2020 – New Orleans 113 vs. Oklahoma City 80
  • Feb 13, 2020 – Oklahoma City 123 vs. New Orleans 118
  • Dec 01, 2019 – Oklahoma City 107 vs. New Orleans 104
  • Nov 29, 2019 – Oklahoma City 109 vs. New Orleans 104
  • Nov 02, 2019 – Oklahoma City 115 vs. New Orleans 104
  • Feb 14, 2019 – New Orleans 131 vs. Oklahoma City 122
  • Jan 24, 2019 – Oklahoma City 122 vs. New Orleans 116
  • Dec 12, 2018 – New Orleans 118 vs. Oklahoma City 114
  • Nov 05, 2018 – Oklahoma City 122 vs. New Orleans 116
  • Apr 01, 2018 – Oklahoma City 109 vs. New Orleans 104
  • Feb 02, 2018 – New Orleans 114 vs. Oklahoma City 100
  • Nov 20, 2017 – New Orleans 114 vs. Oklahoma City 107
  • Feb 26, 2017 – Oklahoma City 118 vs. New Orleans 110
  • Jan 25, 2017 – Oklahoma City 114 vs. New Orleans 105
  • Dec 21, 2016 – Oklahoma City 121 vs. New Orleans 110
  • Dec 04, 2016 – Oklahoma City 101 vs. New Orleans 92
  • Feb 25, 2016 – New Orleans 123 vs. Oklahoma City 119
  • Feb 11, 2016 – Oklahoma City 121 vs. New Orleans 95
  • Nov 18, 2015 – Oklahoma City 110 vs. New Orleans 103

Injury Report for New Orleans

  • Brandon Ingram: Out (Hip)
  • Zion Williamson: Out (Foot)
  • Daulton Hommes: Out (Leg)

Injury Report for Oklahoma City

  • Tre Mann: Game-Time Decision (Nose)

Source: CBSSports.com

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