Thunder vs Pelicans Game 1 Prediction NBA Playoffs 4/21

Thunder vs Pelicans Game 1 Prediction NBA Playoffs 4/21

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Oklahoma City, OK; April 21, 2024, 6:30 p.m. CST

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
6:30 PM -8.5 (EVEN) o215.5 (-110) -340
- +8.5 (-115) u215.5 (-110) +270

 

Game Overview

The Oklahoma City Thunder (57-25) host the New Orleans Pelicans (49-33) in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs on April 21, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. CST. Here's our analysis and prediction for this game.

 

Team Statistics

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans will be without their star player Zion Williamson due to injury, which significantly weakens their lineup and makes them vulnerable against the Thunder.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have been performing exceptionally well, especially with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the charge. They have a strong home record and will look to capitalize on their home-court advantage in this matchup.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Without Zion Williamson, the Pelicans will lack scoring and defensive presence in the paint, which plays into the Thunder's strengths.

 

Recent Performances

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have been inconsistent lately, and the absence of Zion Williamson will further hamper their chances against a formidable Thunder team.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have been on a winning streak, showcasing their dominance on both ends of the floor. With Gilgeous-Alexander leading the charge, they have the momentum heading into this playoff matchup.

 

Prediction

The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to secure a convincing victory in Game 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans. Without Zion Williamson, the Pelicans lack offensive firepower and defensive presence in the paint.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will lead the Thunder to exploit the Pelicans' weaknesses and establish an early lead. With their strong defense and efficient scoring, the Thunder will dominate the game and cover the spread.

Expect the Thunder to capitalize on the Pelicans' depleted roster and assert their dominance at home, setting the tone for the rest of the series.

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -8.5

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