Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-2.5)
The Phoenix Suns (11-8) go to Smoothie King Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the New Orleans Pelicans (7-12). Phoenix opens this contest as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 222.5.
The Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks and earned the victory with a final of 109-108 in their last contest. Phoenix wrapped up the contest with a 46.7% field goal percentage (43 out of 92) and converted 13 out of their 35 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Suns made 10 of 12 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 45 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 19 assists in the matchup in addition to having 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 43.0% from the field on 37 of 86 shooting. Dallas recorded 16 dimes and had 9 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Mavericks collected 42 rebounds (7 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Dallas ended up going 96.0% at the free throw line by converting 24 of their 25 shots. They also knocked down 10 of their 32 tries from long range.
Chris Paul is one player who played a role in the matchup. He racked up 34 points on 14 of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 38:03 mins and also pulled down 9 boards. Paul finished shooting 70.0% from the field and also earned 9 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Suns was Devin Booker. He had 2 boards and tallied 2 dimes. He finished shooting 47.4% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 9-of-19 (24 points). In all, Booker was on the hardwood for 31:25 min.
Phoenix steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 11-8 this year. The Suns are shooting 36.0% on shots from downtown (258 of 716) and 83.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 110.4 pts per contest (20th in basketball) while connecting on 46.0% from the field. They turn the ball over 13.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 21.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling in 44.4 boards per contest and has earned 490 dimes this year, which is 16th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Suns are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game while drawing 19.4 fouls. They are giving up 35.3% from 3-point land while they are 6th in basketball in points per game allowed (107.5). The Suns defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 45.8% (261 of 369) and they relinquish 44.8 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 5th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 419 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New Orleans Pelicans took a loss by a final score of 118-109 when they faced the Sacramento Kings. The Pelicans earned 29 defensive boards and 17 offensive boards totaling 46 for this contest. They also blocked 5 tries while recording 11 steals in this game. The Kings were called for 18 fouls in this game which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 83.3%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, New Orleans converted 9 of their 30 tries (30.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Pelicans finished shooting 40 out of 101 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.6%. The Pelicans permitted the Kings to convert 42 of their 88 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.7% in this contest. They finished 32.6% from beyond the arc via 14 of 43 and ended up going 20 out of 26 at the free throw line (76.9%). When discussing rebounds, New Orleans allowed Sacramento to collect 52 in total (13 offensive).
Brandon Ingram ended up being a major contributor for the Pelicans in this contest. He made 6 of 20 for this game giving him a rate of 30.0%, which got him 20 points. Ingram collected 5 rebounds in his 35:36 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 2 dimes for this game. One more player who was a determining factor for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He was able to score 17 points in 30:55 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 13 shooting for this game. Williamson finished going 46.2% from the floor as well as earning 2 assists and 8 total rebounds.
New Orleans has a record of 7-12 so far this year. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 17.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 71.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.5 times per game (22nd in the league) and they cough up possession 15.3 times per contest. New Orleans has scored 2,099 points on the season (110.5 per game) and they pull down 46.8 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Pelicans are hitting on 46.4% from the floor, which ranks 13th in the league. The Pelicans on the defensive end are ranked 22nd in basketball in PPG given up with 113.1. The New Orleans defense allows 37.8% on shots from beyond the arc (299 of 790) and their opponents are converting on 80.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 27.5 dimes and 42.4 boards every game, which is 29th and 6th in basketball. They are able to force 14.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the field (15th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (-2.5)
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