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We have a West Playoff Round 1 matchup between the Pelicans and Thunder tonight in Oklahoma City. How will this Game 1 play out? Matt McCuen breaks down this New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder prediction and pick against the spread.
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, Latest Odds for Game 1

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder will clash from Paycom Center.

Pelicans vs. Thunder Game 1 DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: April 21, 2024
  • Start Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

Pelicans vs. Thunder Game 1 Odds

  • Spread: Pelicans +8.5 (-110), Thunder -8.5 (-103)
  • Total Odds: O 216 (-110), U 216 (-115)
  • Moneyline Odds: Pelicans (+285), Thunder (-335)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction

The Pels roll into this game with a 49-33 record.

New Orleans earned their way into this series with a blowout win over the Kings on Friday night.

The most impressive part about the win was that they did it without their star Zion Williamson.

Zion will miss tonight’s game and the next two weeks.

Williamson leads the Pelicans with 22.9 points per game.

Brandon Ingram will need to step up in this series. Ingram has averaged 20.8 points and a team-high 5.7 assists.

CJ McCollum has averaged 20.0 points per game and 4.6 assists.

The Pelicans offense has scored 115.1 points per game.

Oklahoma City rolls into this game with supreme confidence, representing a record of 57-25.

That record earned them first place in the West.

The Thunder enjoyed a remarkable season with one of the youngest rosters in basketball.

Despite being the one seed, there remains much doubt surrounding the Thunder.

Many believe this team is too inexperienced to win a Championship right now.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has authored an incredible season, leading the team with 30.1 points per game and 6.2 assists.

22-year-old Jalen Williams has added 19.1 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Chet Holmgren has averaged 16.5 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds.

The Thunder offense has averaged 120.1 points per game.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick

The dogs will be barking today.

New Orleans is a scrappy team that will compete in this series.

The Thunder are a young team that lacks playoff experience.

The Pels roster is loaded with experienced players, which will impact this game.

Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +8.5 -110 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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