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Clemente Almanza

Thunder vs. Pelicans: Prediction, point spread, odds, best bet

The Oklahoma City Thunder play the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, and if you’re looking to do some last-minute betting research, you’re in luck! We’ll give you the latest point spread, money line odds and over/under number, as well as the information you’ll need to make the smartest bet at BetMGM.

The game starts at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on Bally Sports Oklahoma.

The Thunder (8-12) continue their mini-two-game road trip as they take on the Pelicans (11-8). The Thunder come off of a blowout loss to the Houston Rockets while the Pelicans come off of a loss to the Grizzlies.

The lines, courtesy of BetMGM

  • Point spread: Pelicans -5.5
  • Money line: Thunder +185 / Pelicans -225
  • Over-under: 232.5

Click here to place your bets at BetMGM.

Thunder at Pelicans notable injuries

Thunder: Chet Holmgren is out due to foot surgery. Mike Muscala is out due to a fractured finger.

Pelicans: Brandon Ingram is doubtful due to a sprained toe. CJ McCollum is out due to health and safety protocols. Larry Nance Jr. is questionable due to shoulder soreness. Naji Marshall is questionable due to a non-COVID illness. EJ Liddell is out due to ACL recovery.

Advice and prediction

I’ve felt like I’ve said this multiple times already this season, but this is going to be a tough one to pick.

If Ingram was healthy, I think I’d pick the Pelicans pretty easily. But with his likely absence, it closes the gap between both teams.

With that established, I think the Pelicans are playing better than what their record indicates. They have the fourth-best net rating in the league, outscoring opponents by 5.4 points per 100 possessions. Despite this, their 11-8 record likely indicates some bad luck in close games.

I think I’ll go with the Pelicans in this games as Zion Williamson should be able to feast in the interior with his massive size.

Prediction: Pelicans 125, Thunder 119

Get more betting analysis and predictions at Sportsbook Wire.

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