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(27-36) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns (12-50)
Date: Friday March 1, 2019
Time: 9:000 PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort, Phoenix
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 237.5
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New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have had some defensive issues as of late, and it’s the main reason for their 2-5 record over the last 7. Alvin Gentry’s squad has given up 120+ points to 3 of the last 5 opponents although NO is 3-2 ATS over that span.
Of course Friday’s game with the Suns is very winnable, thus that’s why the Pels are -4.5 favorites. One thing to consider over the past 20+ games is what kind of effort you’re going to get from New Orleans each and every night? The Pels are the 3rd worst team in the East, 7 games behind the 8 seed and the clock is ticking.
Another thing you don’t know about New Orleans each game is who is going to be on the court. Specifically, Anthony Davis has been in and out of the lineup right after the all-star break and his usage is usually limited to 20 minutes.
The Pelicans still have a bevy of talent outside their big man. Jrue Holiday’s scoring has lapsed a bit but he’s still capable of a 30+ point night every time out. Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor have also been solid in the post in Davis’ absence.
New Orleans is just 9-24 on the road this season. Is Phoenix being on their own court enough to take the home dog Friday night? The Suns are just 7-22 at Talking Stick this season.
It’s almost unfathomable how the Suns have been so bad this season with just a 12-50 record overall. They’ve got the #1 pick in the draft Deandre Ayton who has shown some flashes this season. Devin Booker is also one of the best scorers in the league but obviously it hasn’t translated to wins for Phoenix.
Monday’s win vs. the Heat was Phoenix’ first since January 12th. That was a span of 17 games so how can you trust Phoenix in a spot like this – or any spot for that matter?
Phoenix is back home on Friday for the first time in five games. The Suns offense sputtered on their road trip, being held to under 107 points in 3 of 5. It’s actually the Suns defense that raises cause for concerns on Friday however. Phoenix is 28th in the league in points against, 29th in field goal percentage defense, and 27th vs. the 3.
The Suns have allowed 120+ in 3 of 4. New Orleans has some scoring ability and oddsmakers are expecting some points with an O/U of 237.5.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS the last four vs. team with losing SU record
- Suns are 1-4 ATS their last 5 overall
- Suns are 1-10 ATS their last 11 on 3+ days rest
- Pelicans are 5-0 ATS last five H2H meetings
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction: Lakers.
This game comes down to who wants it…less. The Suns are in full tank mode and how (or why) they beat the Heat on Monday is inexplicable. Although New Orleans looks like a very solid pick, it’s the total in this game that is way too high.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 237.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 111 – Suns 104
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