New Orleans tries to tap into the potential
They expected a breakthrough from the Pelicans, they still expected high scores from Zion, but he often missed games due to injury. In the last game of the regular season, New Orlen lost away to its direct rival Minnesota, giving the opponent the lead, as a result, the team took only ninth place in the conference. The Pelicans will not be easy to get to the playoffs, they have to beat two opponents, first Oklahoma and then Minnesota. At least two players will miss the upcoming game due to injury.
Oklahoma will fight to the end
Thunder managed to stay in the top 10 by winning a bout against Dallas, where stars Doncic and Irving played. The team did not perform phenomenally in the regular season, winning less than half of their games. Oklahoma could not maintain stability in the results for a long time, the club only showed basketball at a high level in places. Five players may miss an upcoming battle due to damage.
In this confrontation, New Orleans is mentioned as the favorite, although in such a meeting everything will depend on the details. Approximately equal teams will take to the floor, Oklahoma can give a powerful game, even playing on someone else’s floor. There are big doubts whether the meeting will be fruitful, given the importance of the victory. A bet of less than 228.5 points looks satisfactory.