New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 26, 2022

With Devin Booker out of the lineup for the Suns, the New Orleans Pelicans have shocked the NBA with two upset wins and have a chance to take the series lead when things shift back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Tuesday.

New Orleans
36-46
AT
April 26, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix
64-18
Pointspread +6.5 -123
Moneyline +188
Over / Under o +216

65%

Betting Action

35%

Pointspread -6.5 +102
Moneyline -227
Over / Under u +216

65%

Betting Action

35%

The New Orleans Pelicans have taken full advantage of the Booker-less Suns, most recently winning 118-103 at home on Sunday.  The first round series is now tied and heads back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Suns are 6.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 214.5.

Pelicans vs. Suns NBA Betting Odds

The absence of Devin Booker is clearly being felt by Phoenix and sports bettors alike, as 59 per cent of the action is taking the underdog Pelicans in Game 5.  The last three games in this series have each finished above the number, leading 84 per cent of bettors to take the Over on Tuesday.

This series is guaranteed to reach at least Game 6, with Game 6 and Game 7 having identical -120 odds on the NBA futures page.  The Suns are still favoured to win the series at -303, while New Orleans remains an underdog at +236.  The favoured exact series score is Phoenix to win in six games at +140.

New Orleans Pelicans

Brandon Ingram once again led the way in Game 4, dropping 30 points, including 16 in the third quarter.  It was a balanced scoring attack for New Orleans, with their starters combining for 89 points.  Jonas Valanciunas added a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while CJ McCollum had 18 points and nine boards.  Rookie Herb Jones had a huge defensive effort, primarily guarding Chris Paul and holding him to just four points on the night.  Ingram and McCollum have been integral to the Pelicans success in this series.  Ingram is averaging 29.8 points per game through four contests, while McCollum has added 24 ppg.  Another big difference for New Orleans in Game 4 was the turnover battle.  The Pelicans committed 46 turnovers in the first three games compared to 28 for Phoenix, leading to a point differential 72-27.  New Orleans committed just seven turnovers in Game 4.

Phoenix Suns

With Booker out of the lineup, Paul needs to play better than he did in Game 4.  Through the first three games of the series, Paul was averaging 25 points and 12.7 assists, but he managed just four points and 11 assists on 2-of-8 shooting from the field in Game 4.  Paul had three turnovers in Game 4, after committing no turnovers and recording 28 assists across Game’s 2 and 3.  His assist-to-turnover ration was 38-2 in the first three games.  Denadre Ayton had a team-high 23 points on Sunday, while JaVale McGee had 14 and Cameron Johnson had 13.  Booker remains out of the lineup indefinitely with a hamstring injury.

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