Preview: Oklahoma City At New Orleans

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The New Orleans Pelicans managed to earn a win without All-Star forward Anthony Davis on Monday but would prefer to have their best player available on Wednesday. Davis would serve as the last line of defense against Russell Westbrook's drives to the basket when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit for the finale of their-six game trip.

Westbrook decided against a drive on the final possession Monday and instead pulled up and buried a mid-range jumper with 1.4 seconds left to give the Thunder a 97-95 road win over the Utah Jazz and a chance to finish off the six-game trip even. "(Westbrook) did a great job coming down the stretch of managing the game," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan told reporters. "We wanted to give him the whole length of the floor on the last play. He was the one who said to me, 'the more space, the better.'" The Pelicans bounced back from their most embarrassing loss - a 143-114 home setback to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets on Friday - with a stunning 124-122 win over the defending champion Cavaliers on Monday as Terrence Jones did his best Davis impression with 36 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. "Hard work and belief in my teammates and my coaches," Jones told reporters in explaining the performance. "I’ve been trying to improve myself all year, and I think throughout the entire season the staff and the players have been believing in me and respecting me to do that and I try to make the play for us."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma, FSN New Orleans

ABOUT THE THUNDER (26-19): Westbrook recorded his 22nd triple-double of the season and the 59th of his career - tied with Larry Bird for fifth all-time - with 38 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday's win. “Russell is going to be a Hall-of-Fame player," Donovan told reporters. "He’s one of the best players in this league. The things he’s done statistically, when you hear some of the names that are surrounding the things he’s doing, it’s a great credit to his work ethic and how much time he’s invested in it. But I also know him, and he says this more often than anybody, he wants to win. He impacts the game in a lot of ways." Westbrook posted a triple-double in five of the last six contests.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (18-27): New Orleans withstood a triple-double from LeBron James in Monday's win and nearly posted one of its own, with point guard Jrue Holiday collecting 33 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. “I had everything to be honest. Got to the lane pretty well, made some pretty good passes, knocked down some jump shots," Holiday told reporters. "So it felt pretty good." Holiday buried 4-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc in the win and is 9-of-16 from 3-point range in the last four games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Davis (thigh contusion) was a game-time decision on Monday and is considered day-to-day.

2. Thunder C Steven Adams (concussion) returned from a two-game absence on Monday and scored nine points in 37 minutes.

3. Oklahoma City took the first two meetings this season, including a 121-110 win at New Orleans on Dec. 21 in which Westbrook scored 42 points.

PREDICTION: Thunder 113, Pelicans 111

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 26-19 W1 15-6 11-13 2-0 24-19 5-3 15-12
New Orleans 18-27 W1 12-12 6-15 0-2 18-25 1-6 6-18

Last Meeting

Oklahoma City New Orleans
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/21/16 OKC 121 NO 110 121 49 51.1 110 33 47.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
OKC R. Westbrook 42 46.2 16
NO A. Davis 34 53.8 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
OKC E. Kanter 13 5 8
NO A. Davis 14 2 12
Assists Player  
OKC R. Westbrook 7
NO J. Holiday 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
OKC R. Westbrook 1453 42.1 406
NO A. Davis 1256 49.3 325
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
OKC R. Westbrook 488 83 405
NO A. Davis 520 104 416
Assists Player  
OKC R. Westbrook 498
NO T. Frazier 267

Quickchart Matchup

Oklahoma City  Off vs  New Orleans Def
106.1 Points For
106.1 Points Against
45.7 FG%
44.4 FG%
45.3 Reb
49.2 Reb
New Orleans Off vs  Oklahoma City Def
103.3 Points For
105.3 Points Against
44.0 FG%
45.5 FG%
49.2 Reb
41.4 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Oklahoma City Overall New Orleans
26-19 W/L 18-27
24-20-1 ATS 23-22-0
19-26-0 O/U 21-24-0
106.1 Pts For 103.3
105.3 Pts Against 106.1
Oklahoma City A/H New Orleans
11-13 W/L 12-12
11-13-0 ATS 13-11-0
9-15-0 O/U 14-10-0
102.9 Pts For 107.2
108.3 Pts Against 107.7