The Phoenix Suns (66-19, 46-39 ATS) travel to Smoothie King Center on Sunday to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (39-48, 44-42-1) in Game 4 of their series. The Suns snuck out a close win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead – can they win their second straight on the road? Find out in our Suns vs Pelicans prediction.
Suns vs Pelicans Odds & Analysis
The Suns opened as a slight three-point favorite in Game 4 with the total set at 217.5 points. The UNDER is 6-2 in Phoenix’s last eight games and 12-6 in New Orleans’ lat 18 contests. Phoenix is 6-2 in the last eight meetings and 59-14 as the favorite this season, making the visitors an easy pick for your Suns vs Pelicans prediction.
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Paul Leads Suns To Game 3 Win Without Booker
It was a close call in Game 3 but the Suns managed a 114-111 win even without leading scorer Devin Booker, who sat out with a hamstring injury sustained in Game 2. Chris Paul (28 points, 14 assists) and Deandre Ayton (28 points, 17 rebounds) each had double-doubles to lead Phoenix to victory.
Paul came up especially big down the stretch, scoring 19 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including 15 of the Suns’ first 23 points of the frame. He 36-year-old point guard was happy to spread the ball around through the first three quarters, racking up 12 assists, but took matters into his own hands down the stretch to lead his Suns to an important win.
Booker (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game and could miss up to two-to-three weeks.
Hawks Offense Falls Short Again
The Pelicans continue to surprise in this series as they kept the Suns within striking distance in Game 3. Brandon Ingram (34 points) and CJ McCollum (30 points) each had monster performances for New Orleans, scoring 30-plus each. It was the second straight 30-point outing for Ingram, who is averaging 29.7 points per game in the series.
New Orleans, which finished ninth in the Western Conference and only got into the playoffs through the Play-In Tournament, came into the series as a huge underdog. The Pelicans have been a pleasant surprise so far, though, after stealing a game on the road from the Suns. With Booker now out, New Orleans has a legitimate chance to do some damage against the NBA’s top team.
Suns vs Pelicans Pick & Insights
Suns: Keys to Cover
With Booker sidelined, the Suns will need other players to continue to step up offensively. Paul and Ayton did that in Game 3, and it’ll likely be on them to keep up the pace in Game 4. Paul’s ability to facilitate has been a focal point of Phoenix’s offense all season long and he’ll need to shine again for them to go up 3-1.
Pelicans: Keys to Cover
Ingram and McCollum have been popping off all series and that trend will have to continue for the Pelicans to have any success against the high-scoring Suns. New Orleans could use some help from its depth scorers, though, as Jonas Valanciunas and Herbert Jones are averaging just 11.3 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.
Odds Shark’s Computer Suns vs Pelicans Prediction: Suns -2.5
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