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New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder: Preview & Analyst Picks

New Orleans Pelicans at Thunder preview

One night after struggling at home against the Denver Nuggets, the New Orleans Pelicans head to OKC to matchup against a Thunder team looking to keep pace without Kevin Durant. Anthony Davis left last night's game with a left shoulder injury. Davis made the trip to Oklahoma City, but status remains uncertain. OKC enters the matchup as a 11.5-point favorite, with the total set at 211.

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The total combined score stayed UNDER 212 in 63.6 percent of simulations, and UNDER 211 in 61.9 percent of simulations - a four-star (out of four) AccuScore hot trend.

In the past week, when the simulated total (203) has differed by 4.5 to 6.0 points when compared to Vegas, AccuScore has gone 16-11 (59.3%, +390 units).

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The simulations didn't include Anthony Davis. Eric Gordon is projected to finish with 20 points (43% FG, 82% FT, 3-6 3PM), 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and3 TOs.

Russell Westbrook is projected to lead OKC with 29 points (48% FG, 84% FT, 2-5 3PM).

Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets: The struggling Rockets continue to search for the right recipe as the 2015-2016 season just hasn't started as expected. Houston is a 7-point favorite vs Portland. According to reports this morning, Kevin McHale has been fired by the Rockets - replaced by J.B. Bickerstaff.

Portland covered a +7 spread in nearly 60 percent of simulations, a four-star (out of four) AccuScore hot trend. In the past week, when the home team has been favored by 6 to 7.5 points, AccuScore has gone 5-2 (71.4%, +280 units) picking against the spread.

With Vegas setting the line at 209 and AccuScore having it at 208, the UNDER is also a nice wagering opportunity.

Jahlil Okafor is projected to lead Philly with 22 points (50% FG, 61% FT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 3 TOs.

Russell Westbrook is projected to finish with 27 points (48% FG, 84% FT, 2-4 3PM), 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 TOs.

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