New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 2/25/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
The Phoenix Suns (48-10) will go up against the New Orleans Pelicans (23-36) at Footprint Center on Friday.
The Pelicans played the Mavericks and went home with a loss by a final score of 125-118 in their last game. When talking about fouls, the Pelicans walked away with 18 and the Mavericks accumulated 8 fouls. They buried 19 of their 40 shots from beyond the perimeter. Dallas finished the game at 72.0% at the free throw line by making 18 of their 25 attempts. Moreover, Dallas pulled down 31 rebounds (7 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't have a block. Dallas doled out 38 dimes and had 18 steals in this game. Concerning defending, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 53.7% from the field on 44 of 82 shooting. They also distributed 22 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 4 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they earned 48 with 17 of them being of the offensive sort. At the free throw line, the Pelicans knocked down 14 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. New Orleans ended the game with a 50.0% field goal percentage (46 of 92) and made 12 out of their 28 shots from beyond the arc.
CJ McCollum is one player who had an impact in this game. McCollum finished shooting 53.8% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. He saw the court for 40 mins and also grabbed 2 rebounds. He accounted for 38 points on 14 of 26 shooting.
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New Orleans heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 23-36 for the campaign. They average 106.3 points per outing (26th in the league) while shooting 44.7% from the field. The Pelicans are hitting 32.8% on shots from beyond the arc (633 of 1,929) and 79.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Orleans is snagging 45.0 boards per contest and has 1,456 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 12th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per game and as a group they commit 19.8 fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Pelicans are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.2 fouls. They are relinquishing 36.4% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 15th in the league in points per game allowed (109.5). The Pelicans are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.6% (2,359 of 5,064) and they surrender 42.3 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 12th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,411 surrendered this season.
When they last played, the Suns got the victory with a final of 124-121 when they played the Rockets. The Suns collected 35 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 42 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while recording 10 steals in this matchup. The Rockets earned 16 fouls in the game which got the Suns to the free throw line for 36 tries. They were able to make 29 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.6%. With respect to 3-point shots, Phoenix made 7 of their 24 attempts (29.2%). When the final whistle was blown, the Suns went 44 out of 86 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.2%. The Suns permitted the Rockets to convert 42 out of their 97 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.3% in the matchup. They shot 29.5% from 3-point land by hitting 13 out of 44 and ended up shooting 24 out of 28 from the charity stripe (85.7%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Phoenix allowed Houston to snag 36 in all (13 offensive).
Devin Booker pitched in for the Suns in this contest. He made 7 of 22 for this contest for a field goal rate of 31.8%, and earned 3 rebounds. Booker totaled 24 points in his 43 mins on the court and tallied 8 assists for this game.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 48-10 for the year. The Suns are committing 19.2 fouls every game and they hit 79.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 27.0 times per game (5th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per game. Phoenix has totaled 6,592 points on the campaign (113.7 per contest) and they grab 46.2 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Suns are shooting 48.2% from the field, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA.
The Phoenix defense allows 33.3% on 3-point attempts (664 of 1,994) and opponents are knocking down 75.3% of their foul shots. They surrender 22.3 assists and 44.5 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 15th in basketball. The Suns on the defensive end are ranked 6th in the league in points given up per game with 105.5. They are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.0% from the field (3rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Orleans
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