Thunder vs. Pelicans Predictions & Best Bets: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under and Props | Game 3

Written By PlayPicks Staff on April 25, 2024

The New Orleans Pelicans will look to pull off an upset as slight 1-point underdogs heading into Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Smoothie King Center on Saturday, beginning at 3:30 PM ET on TNT. The Thunder are up 2-0 in the series. The matchup has a point total of 209.

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Spread: Thunder (-1) to Cover

  • The line for this game set by DraftKings and the model’s prediction are essentially the same (within 0.2 points of each other).
  • Oklahoma City is 46-35-1 against the spread this season.
  • The Thunder have an ATS record of 35-26 when playing as at least 1-point favorites this season.
  • New Orleans has gone 44-36-2 ATS this season.
  • The Pelicans are 20-11-1 ATS this year when playing as at least 1-point underdogs.

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Total: Over 209

  • The DraftKings point total for this game is more than two possessions lower (19.4 points) than the model projection. Put your money on the over.
  • In 75 games this season, Oklahoma City and its opponent have combined to score more than 209 points.
  • There have been 67 New Orleans’ games this year with more than 209 points scored.
  • In the Thunder’s 82 games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 43 times.
  • So far this season, 36 out of the Pelicans’ 82 games with an over/under have gone over the point total.

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Moneyline Winner: Thunder (-118)

  • Prediction: Thunder 115, Pelicans 114
  • Oklahoma City has won 47, or 77%, of the 61 games it has played as the favorite this season.
  • New Orleans has been victorious in 18, or 56.2%, of the 32 contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season.

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Jalen Williams Rebounds Prop: Under 4.5

  • Jalen Williams posts 19.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest. At the other end, he averages 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks.
  • His rebounding average — 4.0 — is 0.5 lower than his over/under on Saturday.
  • He has collected more boards than the over/under set for him by sportsbooks 32 times this season in 72 games with that prop available.
  • On the glass, the Pelicans are 12th in the NBA in rebounds (44.0 per game). They are seventh in rebounds conceded (42.3 per game).

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Brandon Ingram Rebounds Prop: Over 5.5

  • On a per-game basis, Brandon Ingram gives the Pelicans 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists. He also averages 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots.
  • He averages 0.4 fewer rebounds than his over/under on Saturday (which is 5.5).
  • He has gone over on rebounds in 30 of 68 games with that prop available so far this season.
  • The Thunder are averaging only 42.0 rebounds per game (fourth-worst in NBA), and they are allowing 44.7 boards per contest (23rd-ranked).

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All stats in this article refer to the 2023-24 regular season.

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