Thunder vs Pelicans Game 2 Prediction NBA Playoffs 4/24

Thunder vs Pelicans Game 2 Prediction NBA Playoffs 4/24

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Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK; April 24, 2024, 6:30 p.m. CDT

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
6:30 PM -7.5 (-110) o211.5 (-110) -330
- +7.5 (-110) u211.5 (-110) +260

 

Game Overview

The Oklahoma City Thunder secured a narrow victory in Game 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans despite missing key player Zion Williamson. With the Pelicans missing their star player, the Thunder are in a prime position to capitalize and extend their lead in the series.

As they return to their home court, the Thunder will look to leverage their depth and home-court advantage to secure another win and put themselves in a commanding position in the series.

 

Team Statistics

New Orleans Pelicans

Without Zion Williamson, the Pelicans face significant challenges on both ends of the court. While they remain a competitive team, the absence of their star player creates opportunities for opponents to exploit.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder, led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, have proven themselves as a formidable force in the postseason. With a well-rounded roster and a strong defensive presence, they are well-equipped to handle the Pelicans, especially in the absence of Zion Williamson.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

The absence of Zion Williamson is a significant blow to the Pelicans, leaving them without their primary scoring threat and defensive anchor. In contrast, the Thunder are relatively healthy and have the advantage in key matchups across the board.

 

Recent Performances

New Orleans Pelicans

Despite their resilience, the Pelicans struggled to overcome the absence of Zion Williamson in Game 1, falling short against the Thunder. With their star player sidelined, the Pelicans face an uphill battle against a formidable Thunder team.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder showcased their resilience and depth in Game 1, securing a hard-fought victory over the Pelicans. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the way, the Thunder are poised to continue their winning ways and take control of the series.

 

Prediction

In Game 2, the Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to capitalize on the absence of Zion Williamson and secure another victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. With their depth and defensive prowess, the Thunder are well-positioned to exploit the Pelicans' weaknesses and cover the -7.5 points spread.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's leadership and the Thunder's collective effort will be instrumental in securing the win and asserting their dominance in the series. With the Pelicans missing their star player, the Thunder have a golden opportunity to take command of the series and advance with confidence.

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5

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