Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans Game 6 Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 28, 2022

The Phoenix Suns are headed back to New Orleans with a chance to close out their first round series against the Pelicans in Thursday's Game 6.

Phoenix
64-18
AT
April 28, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans
36-46
Pointspread -3 -119
Moneyline -166
Over / Under o +216.5

74%

Betting Action

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Pointspread +3 -102
Moneyline +138
Over / Under u +216.5

74%

Betting Action

26%

The Phoenix Suns will look to close out their first round playoff series against the Pelicans when the two teams meet in New Orleans for Game 6 on Thursday.  Despite missing star guard Devin Booker, Phoenix was able to pull out a 112-97 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday and now lead the series 3-2.

The Suns are 2-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 214.0.

Suns vs. Pelicans NBA Playoffs Betting Odds

Phoenix has had the upper hand in the overall head-to-head series between these teams, winning and covering in seven of the last 10 contests.  New Orleans has also been a decent cover option, going 4-2 against the spread in their last six home games.  Both teams have trended toward low scoring games as seven of the Suns’ last 10 games and 13 of the Pelicans’ last 20 have gone Under.

The series line currently sees Phoenix as a -833 favourite to win, while New Orleans remains an underdog at +547.  The favoured exact series score is for the Suns to end the series in Game 6 at -141, while Phoenix winning in seven games is +180.  The Pelicans pulling off the series upset in Game 7 is +575.

Phoenix Suns

Anything can happen in Game 7, so Phoenix wants to end this series on Thursday.  With Booker out of the lineup again on Tuesday, it was Mikal Bridges‘ turn to lead the way for the Suns.  Bridges, one of three finalists for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, had arguably the best performance of his pro career in Game 5, finishing with 31 points and four blocks.  After a poor showing in Game 4, Chris Paul rebounded with 22 points and 11 assists in Game 5.  Deandre Ayton added 19 points and nine rebounds.  Phoenix never trailed in the game and improved to 50-0 this year, including 3-0 in this series, when leading after three quarters.

There’s an outside chance that Booker will play in Game 6, although it’s unlikely.  Booker, who is working his way back from a hamstring injury suffered in Game 2, averaged a career-best 26.8 points per game during the regular season.  He had 25 points in Game 1 and 31 points in the first half of Game 2.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have made what many people expected to be a quick series a dogfight.  Brandon Ingram has produced the most offence for New Orleans and led the way again in Game 5, dropping a team-high 22 points.  CJ McCollum had 21 points and eight rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 17 points and 14 boards.  The Pelicans didn’t hold a lead in the game, but they also stayed in the fight all night, keeping Phoenix from pulling away until late in the contest.  The biggest issues New Orleans had was a slow start and 15 turnovers.  Offensively, the Pelicans shot just 5 of 25 (20 per cent) from three-point range, a stat that will need to improve if they hope to have a chance in Game 6.

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