OKC Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Offshore betting, preview, picks

The final pairing of the Western Conference playoffs is OKC Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans. The Pels secured the eighth seed in the conference via play-in, while the Thunder finished atop the West after a very intense end to the year.

Before you bet on OKC Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans Series

Shai and the boys were the refreshment of the campaign. The Thunder play incredible basketball, very versatile on both ends of the floor. Don’t forget that most of their team is under 25 years old. Gilgeous-Alexander is dropping 30.1 points per game and shooting 53.5% from the field.

They finished the season with five straight wins, beating the likes of the Kings, Bucks and Mavs. What sets the Thunder apart from other teams is their average of 120.1 points per game, the third highest average in the league. Additionally, they hit 49.9% of shots from the field, second-best in the NBA.

The Pelicans have been under the radar this season. They are eighth in the West, but have just eight fewer wins than the Thunder, 49-33. We must say that the injuries have hurt this unit and lowered its position in the standings. Zion’s health is still shaky, and as we have said many times in the past, he is more of a burden than a weapon. For example, he missed the second play-in game and will not be eligible for the opening part of the series.

So Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum will do the bulk of the work. They both average more than 20 points: 20.8 and 20 respectively. Jonas Valanciunas’ contribution will also be important. The big boy from Lithuania has 12.2 points and 8.8 boards every night.

OKC Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans Head to Head

Pelicans won the opening game of the season series 110-106 in OKC. The last two ended in favor of the Thunder, 107-83 and 119-112, both in the Big Easy.

OKC Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Offshore Betting

Series Result Chances
Thunder to win -800
Pelicans to win +550

The Thunder appear to be a more dynamic team with more offensive solutions. They also have plenty of players capable of solid defense, so our pick is to see OKC in the second round after five games.