Pelicans Travel to Phoenix to Face the Suns Friday Night
The New Orleans Pelicans were on a two-game losing streak heading into All-Star weekend. If they’re looking to get into the top ten of the conference, they need to win games. Unfortunately, with all the injuries the Pelicans lineup, they’ve had trouble in this aspect. Facing the Phoenix Suns will make things go from bad to worse. Covering the spread might be a tougher task.
The Phoenix Suns are currently leading the Western Conference and look to keep it that way. After the All-Star break, they’ll have back-to-back games, starting with a road trip to Oklahoma City. From there, they’ll head back home to Phoenix to host the Pelicans. With one of the best offenses in the NBA, the Suns will hope to overwhelm the Pelicans. The question is, can they?
Game Preview: New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns February 25th
The Pelicans have one of the worst offenses in the NBA, ranking 26th. They average only 106.34 points per game, which won’t be much of a help against Phoenix. They’ve also been awful on the road this year with a record of 10-19. Stopping Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton will be a tall task. They’ve gone 1-4 over their last five games of the season.
The Phoenix Suns have the fourth-ranked offense in the NBA, averaging 113.66 points per game. With an offense this lethal, they’ve won seven straight games leading into the All-Star break. It’s hard to find a better overall team in the NBA than the Phoenix Suns. The injuries to the Pelicans roster don’t help them either. Phoenix is in good shape to win this game on Friday.
New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns Betting Prediction
The Pelicans haven’t just been bad in the regular season, they aren’t good against the spread either. This season, the Pelicans are 28-30-1, on the road, they’ve gone 13-16 against the spread. New Orleans isn’t a team that you can trust to cover the spread. The only variable is how much the Suns are favored by. Still, taking New Orleans is a bad idea in Friday’s game.
The Suns will likely be favored by over ten points when they face the Pelicans. Normally, this would scare bettors off, but it shouldn’t here. Not long ago, the Suns were favored by 16.5 points when they faced the Orlando Magic and covered. This season, the Suns have notched a 32-26 record against the spread. We think they’ll be able to add another win to that column on Friday.
The total in this game is likely to go over the spread based on previous games. In the last ten meetings between these two teams, the total has gone over eight times. It’s going to be important to pay attention to how the Suns perform in their Thursday night game. If they come out sluggish from the All-Star break, you’ll know if it’s best to take the over or under on Friday.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.