Today, we take a look at the final game of the Friday night NBA Playoff schedule. This time around, the New Orleans Pelicans will be taking on the Phoenix Suns at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Basketball betting experts predict a close game for this matchup. However, will it really be true? Let’s find out with our Pelicans vs Suns Betting Pick and analysis from our experts.
This will be the third time both teams face off against each other in this series. Sports betting fans are eager to see which team will break the tie and take the lead. Despite having the home advantage, the sportsbooks have the Pelicans as a +1.5 underdog against the Suns.
Pelicans vs Suns Betting Prediction and Analysis for 04/22/2022
The Phoenix Suns began the NBA Playoffs full of confidence with 64 wins and 18 losses. Especially after winning their series openers 110-99 against the Pelicans. However, they got taken back to reality after losing game 2 of the series, 125-114. Therefore, they are looking to bounce back in action tonight’s game.
According to betting odds statistics, the Suns won 32 of their 41 away games during the regular season. In Game 2 of the series against the Pelican, Phoenix shot 50% from the field during their home loss. As a team, the Suns shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 35 from the 3-point line.
Furthermore, all-Star G Devin Booker led six Phoenix players in double figures with 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting. Veteran G Chris Paul put up 17 points and 14 assists for the Suns as well.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans are trying to keep their momentum going after winning their last game. During the regular season, they had a 36-46 record and shooting 45.7% from the field. They average 109.3 points per game but made 125 points in their last game.
During their last victory against the Suns, they were making 54.8% of their field goals and 56.7% of their three-pointers. This means that they held a 43-33 advantage on the glass with Brandon Ingram scoring a game-high of 37 points.
Pelicans vs Suns Betting Pick
Game time: 04/22/2021 at 9:30 PM EDT
Bet on The Phoenix Suns at -1.5
Despite their last win, New Orleans is still struggling defensively as they are giving up 110.1 points per game. They gave up 114 points in their last game and need to do better if they want to win.
Devin Booker will probably miss the game due to a right hamstring injury. However, we still expect the Phoenix to do well and will be focusing more on defense. We predict the Suns will win with a final score of 111-103.