New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 4/17/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+10)
Footprint Center is the location where the Phoenix Suns (64-18) will compete against the New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) on Sunday. New Orleans opens as 10-point underdogs. The betting total comes in at 225.5.
The Pelicans took the court against the Clippers and went home with a win by a final score of 105-101 in their last game. In relation to fouls, the Pelicans ended up walking away with 26 and the Clippers totaled 7 fouls. They converted 9 of their 36 tries from three-point range. Los Angeles shot 64.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 22 of 34 tries. Moreover, Los Angeles totaled 33 boards (12 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Los Angeles totaled 45 dimes and had 20 steals in the matchup. Pertaining to the defense, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 41.2% from the field on 35 out of 85 shooting. They also dished out 20 dimes in this matchup while forcing the other team into 3 turnovers and getting 2 steals. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they compiled 54 with 17 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pelicans converted 13 of 25 shots for a percentage of 52.0%. New Orleans ended with a 48.9% FG percentage (43 of 88) and knocked down 6 of their 22 3-point attempts.
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New Orleans heads into this matchup with a record of 36-46 so far this year. They are averaging 109.3 points per contest (21st in the league) on 45.7% from the floor. The Pelicans are hitting 33.2% from downtown (873 of 2,629) and 78.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, New Orleans is pulling in 45.2 boards per game and has accumulated 2,047 assists for the campaign, which is 13th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Pelicans are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game while drawing 20.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 15th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 2,039 conceded for the campaign. The Pelicans defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.1% (3,301 of 7,009) and they relinquish 41.8 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are conceding 36.5% on three-point shots and they are ranked 13th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.3).
The last time they took the court, the Suns went home defeated by a final of 116-109 against the Kings. With respect to how they attacked the glass, Phoenix allowed Sacramento to collect 38 in all (2 on the offensive glass). They shot 53.8% from 3-point land by connecting on 14 out of 26 and ended up shooting 22 out of 30 from the free throw line (73.3%). The Suns permitted the Kings to make 40 out of their 76 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.6% for the contest. Overall, the Suns went 42 for 103 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.8%. In terms of 3-pointers, Phoenix converted 14 of their 47 attempts (29.8%). They were able to knock down 11 of those for a rate of 73.3%. The Kings committed 14 personal fouls in this game which took the Suns to the charity stripe for 15 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 9 steals in this matchup. The Suns were able to collect 32 defensive boards and 18 offensive rebounds totaling 50 for this contest.
Landry Shamet ended up being a major contributor for the Suns for the matchup. He buried 11 of 20 for the game giving him a rate of 55.0%, and accumulated 3 rebounds. Shamet totaled 27 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood and had 5 assists in the matchup.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 64-18 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Suns are shooting 48.5% from the field, which ranks them 1st in the league. Phoenix has scored 9,416 points for the season (114.8 per contest) and they snag 45.3 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 27.4 times per game (4th in the league) and they turn it over 12.9 times per contest. The Suns are committing 19.9 fouls every game and they go 79.7% from the charity stripe.
The Phoenix defense surrenders 34.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (953 of 2,805) and their opponents are converting on 76.1% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 22.9 assists and 44.5 boards every game, which is 3rd and 19th in the league. The Suns are ranked 8th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 107.3. They are forcing 14.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.4% from the field (3rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix (-10)
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