Preview: New Orleans At Oklahoma City

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, February 26, 2017
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Russell Westbrook looks to post his third triple-double in the season series when his Oklahoma City Thunder host the revamped New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Westbrook is averaging 32.3 points, 13 rebounds and 9.7 assists in three victories over the Pelicans this season, and the Thunder go for the sweep against a new-look lineup that includes All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.

Oklahoma City made some changes at the trade deadline as well, adding forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, who both made their debuts in Friday's 110-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. “All the guys welcomed us like we were just another guy,” McDermott told reporters. “Felt like we were on the team all year. It felt really comfortable.” Cousins has yet to provide a boost for the Pelicans in his first two games with the team, as the 6-11 power forward was just 3-of-9 for 12 points in a 96-83 setback at Dallas on Saturday. All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis supplied 39 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to the Mavericks and has averaged 34 and 11.5 in two games since Cousins arrived from Sacramento.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, FSN Oklahoma

ABOUT THE PELICANS (23-36): New Orleans has turned over the ball 20 times – seven by Cousins on Saturday - and shot under 42 percent in each of the last two contests. Davis drained 17-of-34 shots in the loss at Dallas while the rest of the team was 14-of-44 and talented point guard Jrue Holiday scored 18 points while matching Cousins with six assists. Donatas Motiejunas averaged almost 10 points in his last five games of January but is scoring 3.1 per game this month and did not play in Saturday’s loss after seeing 10 minutes of action in a 129-99 loss to Houston on Thursday.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (33-25): Second-leading scorer Victor Oladipo (16.1 points) missed Friday’s win due to back spasms and is not expected to play Sunday, but Alex Abrines filled in with 19 points - his first-double-digit effort since Jan. 25 against New Orleans. Gibson scored 12 points and McDermott added eight in their first game with Oklahoma City on Friday while Andre Roberson was 8-of-9 for 19 points. Westbrook was just 4-of-18 against the Lakers but still managed to record his league-best 28th triple-double.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pelicans F Solomon Hill is 2-of-8 in the last two contests after scoring a season-high 23 points in the final game before the All-Star break on Feb. 15.

2. Oklahoma City C Enes Kanter, who is averaging 14.2 points, returned the lineup Friday after missing 10 games with a forearm injury.

3. New Orleans G Jarrett Jack, who recently was signed to a 10-day contract, recorded six points and four assists in his season debut on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Thunder 112, Pelicans 101

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New Orleans 23-35 L1 14-16 9-19 0-3 23-32 3-7 11-22
Oklahoma City 33-25 W2 21-8 12-17 3-1 30-24 6-3 20-14

Last Meeting

New Orleans Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/25/17 OKC 114 NO 105 105 47 42.7 114 55 46.2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NO E. Moore 18 66.7 4
OKC R. Westbrook 27 31.8 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NO S. Hill 8 3 5
OKC R. Westbrook 12 1 11
Assists Player  
NO T. Evans 9
OKC R. Westbrook 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NO A. Davis 1581 49.4 407
OKC R. Westbrook 1855 42.0 519
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NO A. Davis 670 130 540
OKC R. Westbrook 626 106 520
Assists Player  
NO J. Holiday 317
OKC R. Westbrook 624

Quickchart Matchup

New Orleans  Off vs  Oklahoma City Def
103.3 Points For
105.8 Points Against
44.6 FG%
45.7 FG%
43.9 Reb
41.5 Reb
Oklahoma City Off vs  New Orleans Def
106.0 Points For
106.9 Points Against
45.0 FG%
44.8 FG%
41.5 Reb
48.5 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

New Orleans Overall Oklahoma City
23-35 W/L 33-25
28-30-0 ATS 32-25-1
27-31-0 O/U 27-31-0
103.3 Pts For 106.0
106.9 Pts Against 105.8
New Orleans A/H Oklahoma City
9-19 W/L 21-8
14-14-0 ATS 19-9-1
10-18-0 O/U 16-13-0
99.9 Pts For 110.0
104.6 Pts Against 103.6