New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 12/29/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: PHX Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+2)
The New Orleans Pelicans (2-1) travel to PHX Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Phoenix Suns (2-1). Phoenix opens this contest as 2-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 223.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans took the court against the San Antonio Spurs and notched a win by a score of 98-95 in their last contest. New Orleans ended the contest having earned a 38.3% field goal percentage (36 of 94) and buried 5 out of their 24 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pelicans converted 21 of 29 tries for a rate of 72.4%. Concerning getting rebounds, they earned a total of 56 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 15 dimes in this game in addition to earning 11 steals and 4 rejections. In reference to defense, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 42.7% from the field on 38 of 89 shooting. San Antonio distributed 26 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Moreover, the Spurs snagged 47 rebounds (4 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 10 blocks. San Antonio went 100.0% at the charity stripe by burying 8 of 8 attempts. They also converted 11 of their 36 tries from long range.
Zion Williamson is one player who was a contributor in this game. He accounted for 18 points on 7 of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:03 mins and totaled 11 rebounds. Williamson went 31.8% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this game for the Pelicans was Lonzo Ball. He snagged 8 rebounds and had 5 assists. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor for the contest by shooting 7-of-14 (16 points). Overall, Ball saw the court for 37:25 min.
New Orleans comes into this game with a mark of 2-1 for the campaign. They have an average of 103.0 points per contest (30th in basketball) while hitting 43.3% from the field. The Pelicans are hitting 33.7% on shots from beyond the arc (34 of 101) and 69.5% from the free throw line. As a team, New Orleans is pulling down 47.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 63 assists so far this year, which is 19th in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 18.0 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.7 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Pelicans have forced 17.7 turnovers per game and they draw 23.3 personal fouls. They surrender 34.5% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (101.7). The Pelicans defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.1% (53 of 70) and they concede 39.0 boards per contest as a group. They rank 26th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 81 conceded so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Phoenix Suns took home the win by a final score of 116-100 against the Sacramento Kings. The Suns were able to snag 36 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 44 for this game. They also stuffed 3 attempts while recording 6 steals in this game. The Kings were called for 23 personal fouls in the game which took the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 11 tries. They were able to knock down 10 of those for a percentage of 90.9%. In terms of shooting from distance, Phoenix converted 14 out of their 35 attempts (40.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Suns shot 46 for 94 from the field which had them shooting 48.9%. The Suns allowed the Kings to make 36 of their 76 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.4% in this contest. They shot 43.5% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 23 and finished the game at 18 of 25 at the free throw line (72.0%). When discussing how they rebounded, Phoenix allowed Sacramento to get 39 in all (3 on the offensive side).
Mikal Bridges was important for the Suns in the matchup. He buried 9 of 15 for the matchup giving him a rate of 60.0%, which gave him 22 points. Bridges pulled down 7 boards in his 36:18 minutes of time on the court and had 2 dimes in the game. Someone else who came through for Phoenix was Devin Booker. He walked away with 20 points in 35:17 mins played via 8 of 19 from the floor in the game. Booker ended up shooting 42.1% from the floor while also totaling 5 assists and 5 boards.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 2-1 on the year. The Suns are committing 23.0 fouls per game and they shoot 76.5% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 26.7 times per contest (10th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per game. Phoenix has tallied 325 points on the season (108.3 per game) and they snag 44.0 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Suns are hitting on 46.1% from the floor, which is ranked 15th in basketball. The Suns defensively are ranked 3rd in the league in PPG given up with 102.7. They relinquish 19.3 assists and 44.7 total boards per game, which is 1st and 14th in the NBA. The Phoenix defense allows 28.9% on three-point shots (24 of 83) and their opponents are knocking down 73.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.9% from the field (10th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix (-2) and under 223.5 points
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