Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 23, 2022

The New Orleans Pelicans have a chance to level their first round series against Phoenix when they host the Suns for Game 4 on Sunday.

Phoenix
64-18
AT
April 24, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans
36-46
Pointspread -2 -118
Moneyline -144
Over / Under o +215.5

68%

Betting Action

32%

Pointspread +2 -102
Moneyline +120
Over / Under u +215.5

68%

Betting Action

32%

Trailing 2-1, the New Orleans Pelicans will look to even up their first round series against the Phoenix Suns in Game 4 on Sunday night.  The teams split the first two games of the series in Phoenix, before the Suns took the lead with a 114-111 win in New Orleans in Game 4.

Phoenix is a 2.5-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 215.5.

Suns vs. Pelicans NBA Betting Odds

Two of three games in this series have hit the Over, which is a bit of an anomaly considering six of the Suns’ last eight games and 12 of the Pelicans’ last 18 games have gone Under.  Phoenix has covered in two of three games and they’re now 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games overall.  New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in their last six games as an underdog.

The Suns are heavy -712 favourites to win this series, while the Pelicans currently stand as +483 underdogs.  The series total of 5.5 games is favoured to hit the Over at -167, although the favoured exact series score is for Phoenix is to win in five games, which is +125.

Phoenix Suns

With Devin Booker out of the lineup in Game 3, the Suns needed someone to step up and Chris Paul answered the bell.  Paul scored 19 points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 28 points and 14 assists with no turnovers in 40 minutes of action.  Paul scored 15 of Phoenix’s first 23 points in the final period.  Deandre Ayton also had a 28-point effort and added 17 rebounds.  Mikal Bridges had 17 points and JaVale McGee chipped in 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.  The Suns held New Orleans to just one offensive rebound in the second half.

The biggest concern for the Suns right now is the absence of Booker.  Phoenix’s leading scorer during the regular season had 31 first-half points in Game 2 before suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain.  The injury typically takes 2-3 weeks to recover, making Booker’s return to this series unlikely.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans will be kicking themselves for blowing a home game against a team missing one of its biggest stars.  It wasn’t for lack of effort from Brandon Ingram or CJ McCollum, however.  Ingram finished with a game-high 34 points and added seven rebounds.  McCollum put up 30 points and seven assists.  Herb Jones and Devonte’ Graham (12 points each) were the only other New Orleans players to score in double figures.  Former Toronto Raptor Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 11 boards.

Of course, the Pelicans are still without 2019 first overall draft pick Zion Williamson.  Williamson has missed the entire season following offseason foot surgery and although he resumed 1-on-1 drills at practice in late March, the team reportedly prefers to keep him out of the lineup so he is fully healthy for next season.  Because of various injuries, Williamson has been limited to just 85 career games across three NBA seasons.

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