New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 26 (4/26): NBA

New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 26 (4/26): NBA

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Odds

Time 10:00 p.m. EST
Pelicans money line +220
Pelicans spread +6.5
Suns money line -270
Suns spread -6.5
Over / under 214.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns
Record 40-48 65-19
Road / home record 19-25 32-9
Streak W1 L1
Points per game 109.47 114.62
Points allowed per game 110.09 107.60
Rebounds per game 45.49 44.81
Rebounds allowed per game 41.42 44.64
Over / under record 37-51 42-42

Preview

The Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans will play game fifth of the Western Conference first round on Tuesday night with the series tied 2-2. The Pelicans beat the Suns 118-103 in Game 4. Brandon Ingram scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter. Jonas Valanciunas reasserted himself in the middle with 26 points and 15 rebounds, and rookie guard Herb Jones, a defensive specialist, played smothering defense against Chris Paul.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have won 3 of their last 5 games and are 19-25 on the road this season. They have a 40-48 record overall and ranked 3rd in the Southwest in the Northwest. The Pelicans are 25-27 in Western Conference play. New Orleans is 23-30 in games decided by 10 points or more.

Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 17.8 points and 11.4 rebounds for the Pelicans. CJ McCollum is averaging 3.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

In their last 10 games the Pelicans are 6-4, averaging 113.8 points, 44.6 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 8.3 steals and 3.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.3 points.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns have lost 3 of their last 5 games and are 32-9 at home ranking first in the Western Conference with a 65-19 record overall, the best in the league. The Suns have gone 39-13 against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix averages 114.8 points and has outscored opponents by 7.5 points per game.

Devin Booker (out) is shooting 46.6% and averaging 26.8 points for the Suns. Landry Shamet is averaging 1.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Phoenix.

In their last 10 games, the Suns are 4-6, averaging 110.1 points, 41.7 rebounds, 28.0 assists, 8.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.6 points per game.

INJURIES: Devin Booker is out.

BETTING TRENDS

New Orleans are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.

New Orleans are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 12 games.

Phoenix are 13-6 SU in their last 19 games.

Prediction

The Suns will be without their All-Star Devin Booker for at least a couple weeks and I thought it wouldn't affect that much to them but looks like it is, they lost by 15 points in the last game. The Pelicans will take advantage of this and I think they can keep it close enough to cover the spread or even win the game.

PICK: Suns ML (-125)

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