The Phoenix Suns (22-18) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (25-17) on Friday, January 19th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on WVUE. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Suns vs Pelicans
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Suns took down the Kings by a score of 119-117. The Suns managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 68-51.
With their overall record sitting at 22-18, the Suns have gone 10-7 on the road and 12-11 at home. As they prepare for today’s game, the Suns have won three straight games.
This season, Phoenix holds an ATS record of 14-26, which also includes their two game losing streak against the spread. On the road, the Suns have an ATS record of 7-10, as opposed to a 7-16 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Pelicans Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Hornets, Brandon Ingram was the top scorer for New Orleans, recording 28 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 50%. The Pelicans picked up a 132-112 win, and CJ McCollum also added 22 points which was 2nd on the team.
In their last five games, the Pelicans are 3-2 and have an overall record of 25-17. At home this season, the Pelicans are 13-8 compared to their 12-9 record on the road.
New Orleans has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 24-18 against the spread. This season, New Orleans has a 12-11 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 12-7 when playing as underdogs.
Suns Offense Breakdown
In 40 games games, Phoenix has an average of 115.9 points per game (14th).
So far this season, the Suns have been one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the NBA, ranking second in made free throws per game. They are also 14th in two-point field goal percentage at 54%. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 10th in three-point shooting percentage but just 23rd in made threes per game.
When it comes to scoring, the Suns are 14th in the NBA at 115.9 points per game. However, they have been slightly better on the road, averaging 114.5 points compared to 117 at home.
So far, the Suns have outscored the NBA scoring average in 50% of their games this season. In terms of pace, they are 25th in the league at 97.7 possessions per game.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Pelicans are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 116.9 points per game (12th).
At home, the Pelicans are scoring 116.3 points per game, which is 14th in the league. Overall, they are 12th in scoring at 116.9 PPG. In terms of field goal percentage, the Pelicans are 8th in the NBA at 48%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, New Orleans is 4th in the league in three-point percentage at 38%. However, they are just 27th in three-point attempts per game.
So far this season, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 54.8% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 22nd in the league at 98 possessions per game.
Suns Team Defense
Phoenix’s defense is currently in line with the NBA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 114.4 points per game. Opponents are hitting 53.4% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.3% of their three-point attempts.
Pelicans Team Defense
So far this season, the Pelicans defense has been performing well, ranking 11th in the NBA at 112.0 points allowed per contest. The New Orleans defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.1% of their field goal attempts vs. New Orleans.
Key Players For The Suns And Pelicans
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kevin Durant will be the primary scorer for the Suns, with 28 points and going 10/18 from the field. This season, he is averaging 28.9 points per game along with 6.3 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Brandon Ingram as the leading scorer for the Pelicans. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 23 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.9%, and he is contributing 21.6 points per game on average.
Suns vs Pelicans Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Suns have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 4-6 vs. the spread. The team averaged 113 points per game in this stretch.
- The Pelicans are 3-2 ATS in their last home games and 3-2 straight-up.
- As the betting underdog, the Suns have an ATS mark of just 0-3 in their last three games. Phoenix posted a straight up mark of 0-3 in these matchups.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Pelicans have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their ATS record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
Coming in as the underdogs at +2.5, we have the Suns as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 236 and our model has the Suns and Pelicans finishing with a combined 235 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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