Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction and betting tips on April 22, 2024

Jason Collins Jason Collins Dailysports expert
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Prediction on game W2(+9,5)
Odds: 1.66

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Already officially started the NBA playoff round, on April 22, the first meeting of the series will be held Oklahoma City Thunder - New Orleans Pelicans. Forecast for the match of the mentioned teams prepared by Dailysports experts.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The NBA regular season went very well for Oklahoma, the team in a hard-fought battle became the first in the West, managing to beat Denver only by extra points, one win behind Minnesota. The Tanders finished the first part of the tournament with a series of five wins, and in the last game at home they defeated Dallas 135-86, but the opponents did not play their main stars.

The main question now is whether they have the strength for the playoffs, because this is a completely different tournament, where no one will pay attention to past achievements. Was there any point in fighting for first place in the regular season? All will be shown in the coming meetings.

New Orleans Pelicans

This season, the Pelicans made it to the playoffs only through a play-in, where they first lost to the Lakers and then beat Sacramento. The aforementioned extra games could have been avoided altogether, as they fell behind sixth place in the regular season, only by extra points. New Orleans would definitely like to see them in the playoffs, as they have a lot of strong players on the roster, so the team will pose quite a threat. They should play against the winner of the conference, but there are no passable opponents in the knockout round. One of the main stars Zion Wilmson may miss the upcoming match because of an injury.

Interesting facts about the match and history of head-to-head meetings

  • The rivals crossed paths three times this season, while the score is 2:1 in favor of Oklahoma.
  • On their parquet Oklahoma plays very well, having won 33 victories with eight defeats.
  • Pelicans have become the best away team in the West, 28 wins and 14 losses.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction

Although the hosts are the favorites, we expect a hard-fought battle, where the Pelicans are sure to impose a serious struggle. The intrigue in such a meeting should be kept until the last seconds, we think it is appropriate to bet on the victory of the guests with a +9.5 point handicap.

Prediction on game W2(+9,5)
Odds: 1.66

Bonus up to $130/€100

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