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NBA odds preview - Pelicans vs. Suns

New Orleans PelicansPhoenix Suns
23-34February 28, 2014, 10:30 | US Airways Center33-24

US Airways Center features an NBA battle between the host Phoenix Suns and the visiting New Orleans Pelicans in betting action on Friday.

The Suns sport a record of 33-24 and 34-20-3 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Pelicans sit at 23-34 and 24-29-4 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 30-26-1 for the Suns and 27-30 for the Pelicans. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The Suns - Pelicans odds would favor the Suns if the lines were set according to power ranks. Phoenix is rated No. 1 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Pelicans sit at No. 18. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-92 win for the Suns.

New Orleans was a 108-89 loser in its last match on the road against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 197 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New Orleans suffered a 108-89 loss against Dallas on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Eric Gordon in a losing effort at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 13-rated squad against New Orleans's No. 19-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 4 in the league with 9.23 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 6.11 per outing.

Next up:
New Orleans at Los Angeles, Saturday, March 1st
Phoenix home to Atlanta, Sunday, March 2nd