Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-1.5)
The Phoenix Suns (17-10) head to Smoothie King Center on Friday where they'll meet the New Orleans Pelicans (12-16). The odds on this contest have Phoenix as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 223.
The Phoenix Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Brooklyn Nets and ended up losing by a score of 128-124 in their last contest. Phoenix ended the contest with a 54.5% FG percentage (48 out of 88) and converted 16 of their 37 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Suns converted 12 of their 12 tries for a rate of 100.0%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned a total of 34 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 28 assists for the contest while earning 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. In the matter of defending, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 57.3% from the floor on 47 out of 82 shooting. Brooklyn recorded 28 assists and had 4 steals for the contest. In addition, the Nets snagged 37 boards (4 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Brooklyn went 93.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 14 of 15 tries. They converted 20 of 40 shots from three-point range.
Chris Paul is one player who came through in the game. He finished with 29 points on 12 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:27 minutes and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Paul walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the floor and also recorded 7 assists. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Suns was Devin Booker. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also accounted for 7 assists. He finished the game at 45.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 9-of-20 (22 points). In all, Booker played 36:28 minutes.
Phoenix enters this one with a record of 17-10 for the campaign. They average 111.3 points per outing (19th in basketball) on 47.5% from the field. The Suns are connecting on 36.2% on three-point shots (350 of 966) and 83.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling in 44.3 boards per game and has racked up 698 assists on the year, which has them ranked 13th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.1 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.6 fouls per contest. On defense, the Suns are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Suns are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.9% (340 of 495) and they surrender 43.7 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 1st in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 594 surrendered this year. They give up 35.4% on three-point shots and they are 4th in the league in PPG allowed (108.0).
The last time they took the court, the New Orleans Pelicans took a loss by a final score of 126-124 when they faced the Portland Blazers. The Pelicans pulled down 33 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive boards totaling 51 for the game. They stuffed 2 shots while recording 5 steals in this contest. The Blazers had 19 fouls for the matchup which took the Pelicans to the free throw line for 29 attempts. They were able to convert 23 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 79.3%. In reference to shooting from downtown, New Orleans buried 15 of their 32 attempts (46.9%). When the final whistle was blown, the Pelicans went 43 out of 89 from the floor which had them shooting 48.3%. The Pelicans allowed the Blazers to knock down 46 of their 90 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.1% for this game. They finished 43.9% from 3-point land by shooting 18 of 41 and ended up shooting 16 out of 18 at the free throw line (88.9%). When talking about rebounding, New Orleans permitted Portland to pull down 31 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Zion Williamson ended up being important for the Pelicans for the game. He made 12 out of 18 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which earned him 36 points. Williamson grabbed 6 boards in his 33:51 minutes of time on the court and had 4 assists for this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for New Orleans was Lonzo Ball. He ended up with 21 points in 35:38 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 of 14 from the floor in the game. Ball wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor in addition to earning 5 assists and 2 boards.
New Orleans has a win-loss record of 12-16 for the year. New Orleans has scored 3,210 points for the season (114.6 per contest) and they collect 46.3 boards per game. The Pelicans are committing 17.6 fouls per game while shooting 73.3% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Pelicans are hitting on 48.1% from the floor, which ranks 5th in the league. They are assisting teammates 24.9 times per game (17th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.4 times per game. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 23rd in the league in PPG given up with 114.5. The New Orleans defense concedes 39.3% on 3-pointers (451 of 1,148) and their opponents are connecting on 80.0% of their free throw attempts. They allow 27.8 dimes and 40.6 total boards per game, which has them ranked 29th and 1st in the NBA. They have forced 13.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.0% from the floor (20th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix (-1.5)
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