Pelicans vs. Thunder Preview: Ending the first half on a high

Ross Houston
February 14, 2020

Adams sunk a shot from over half-court at the halftime buzzer of his Oklahoma City Thunder side's game against the New Orleans Pelicans - but what made it all the more ridiculous was the phenomenally casual nature of the attempt.

According to the latest oddsmakers, the Pelicans are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Thunder.


But one of the few teams to sport a lineup that can match the Pelicans in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City trailed by 11 after the opening quarter but cut the deficit to two after three quarters. Defensively, OKC is allowing just 107.9 points per game while opponents are shooting 45.6 percent against them. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.5 points and 6.1 rebounds while Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.2 points and 4.1 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. New Orleans played its third straight game without All-Star forward Brandon Ingram, who has a sprained ankle. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games.

Redick and Williamson scored four points each as New Orleans pulled even at 101.


Coming off a historic performance in his last outing, Williamson entered Thursday's game averaging 21.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action per game. New Orleans rolled to a 138-117 home win over Portland in their last game Tuesday night.

The Pelicans are 4 in the league in scoring offense as they average 115.7 points per game on the season. New Orleans is tied for 17 in field goal percentage by shooting 46 percent from the field as a team this season. While Ingram is questionable, I still think New Orleans can put up big points without them due to their ball movement and guard depth. I think the Pelicans continue their offensive momentum tonight and go into the break with another win and cover.


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