Zion Williamson has been a mixed NBA betting bag in his brief career. To illuminate, when the New Orleans Pelicans won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, videos of the team staff going berserk went viral. Zion was hailed as the savior of the Pelicans franchise. But that is not how it has turned out for Williamson and the Pels. Williamson has missed a staggering 60% of his games as a pro with the Pelicans. Yet the New Orleans ownership has been required to pick up 100 percent of the tab.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans Information
|Date:||Wednesday, April 12, 2023|
|Time:||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana|
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds
|Thunder||+5½ ( -110 )||228 ( -110 )||+180||Place Bets|
|Pelicans||-5½ ( -110 )||228 ( -110 )||-220|
Thunder vs. Pelicans CashBet Wagering Analysis
Naturally, New Orleans is the bigger best sportsbook online brand with Zion Williamson. The Casual sector doesn’t care about Zion’s injury issues. Further, Oklahoma City is an unknown brand to the masses. Thus, Wise Guys see potentially good value with the Thunder.
Many NBA observers believe Williamson needs to make more effort to keep himself at a reasonable weight and in shape. Still, Williamson played in just enough games to get the Pelicans into the 2023 NBA Playoffs.
Thunder Rebuild Starting to Show Results
Late on, Oklahoma City has covered two out of their last three games. In comparison, the Thunder have gone under the Betting on NBA total in four of its previous six matchups. The Tunders are 10th in the Western Conference playoff standings. Oklahoma City is 13 games behind the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference playoff race.
Oklahoma City has NBA ranks of 5th for scoring offense, 24th for field goal percentage, 17th for 3-point field goal percentage, 6th for free throw percentage, and 14th for offensive rebounding. While defensively, Oklahoma City is 19th for scoring defense, 17th for field goal percentage permitted, 15th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 30th for defensive rebounding.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are 40-42 straight up, 45-34-3 against the spread, and 46-35-1 over/under the total. First among Oklahoma City scorers is Shai Gilgeous Alexander, with 31.4 points per game.
Since their glory era from 2010 through 2016, the Oklahoma City Thunder has been a forgotten brand on the NBA board. The Thunder has been rebuilding for the past three years and finally got a payoff in the 2022-23 campaign.
Oklahoma City gained the play-in round and will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Indeed, the play-in round is not a cause for celebration for the top NBA franchises. But for the Thunder, it is a step in the right direction. Also, the play-in qualification proves that Oklahoma City’s rebuild is starting to pay dividends.
Pelicans Power Through With Good Finish
New Orleans has covered one out of their last four games. At the same time, the Pelicans have gone under the pro basketball betting total in three of its previous four matchups. Thus, New Orleans is 9th in the Western Conference playoff standings. In the Western Conference playoff race, New Orleans is 11 games behind the Denver Nuggets.
New Orleans has NBA ranks of 15th for scoring offense, 11th for field goal percentage, 15th for 3-point field goal percentage, 11th for free throw percentage, and 13th for offensive rebounding. In comparison on defense, the Pelicans are 9th for scoring defense, 12th for field goal percentage permitted, 1st for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 5th for defensive rebounding.
The New Orleans Pelicans are 42-40 straight up, 39-42-1 against the spread, and 38-44 over/under the total. First among New Orleans scorers is Zion Williamson, with 26.0 points per game.
Thunder vs. Pelicans CashBet Free Pick
As mentioned earlier. Oklahoma City will get a more favorable NBA gambling
Price. New Orleans and Zion attract too much public money. Taking the Thunder is betting with the house and against the masses.
Thunder vs. Pelicans CashBet Best Bet:
Oklahoma City Thunder
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