Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Hornets
The New Orleans Hornets are a 3.5-point home favorite over the Oklahoma City Thunder this evening.Â The over/under total is set for 191.Â These two teams are tied for third place in the Western Conference, making this an extremely important game.Â Â The New Orleans Hornets have been a hot team, winning their last eight ball games.Â New Orleans is 6-2 against the spread in those eight games.
The New Orleans Hornets are 29-16 for the year and 26-19 against the spread this year.Â Three of the Hornets recent wins have come in overtime.Â The last two games they have played though have not even been close.Â They killed the Atlanta Hawks on the road 100-59, then came home on Saturday and beat the team in the NBA with the best record, the San Antonio Spurs 96-72.Â They were underdogs in both of those games.Â The der is 6-2 in New Orleans 8-game winning streak and the two that went er were in overtime games.Â The der is 11-4 in New Orleans last 15 home games. The Hornets are 18-5 at home this year and 13-10 against the spread at home.
Oklahoma City is 28-15 overall this year and 22-21 against the spread.Â They have also won and vered the spread in both of their games this year.Â The first was a 95-9 home win as a 3.5-point favorite on Nov. 29.Â The second game was Dec. 10, a 97-92 Thunder win as a 3-point underdog.Â Two young stars of the game, Kevin Durant who averages 28.3 points per game and Russell Westbrook, who averages 22.7 points per game, lead Oklahoma City.Â The Thunder are just 12-9 on the road this year and 11-10 against the spread away.Â They have struggled on the road recently, winning just two of their last seven road contests.
Oklahoma City is 4-0 straight up and against the spread in the last four meetings against New Orleans overall.Â The der is 3-0 in the last three, with an averaged combine score of 184.7
Sticking with recent trends, I am going to take the Oklahoma City plus the 3.5 points.Â Im also going with the under 191.Â Both teams will play hard and play intense defense, as this is an important game in regards to Western Conference playoff seeding.
Oklahoma City Thunder +3.5 New Orleans Hornets