New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 4/19/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+10)
The Phoenix Suns (64-18) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) at Footprint Center on Tuesday in Game 2 of their series. New Orleans opens as 10-point dogs. The over/under comes in at 222.5.
The Pelicans went home with a loss by a final score of 110-99 in Game 1. New Orleans finished the game with a 37.9% field goal percentage (36 out of 95) and made 9 of their 23 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 18 of their 26 tries for a percentage of 69.2%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they compiled 55 with 25 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 20 assists in the matchup while forcing 9 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When it comes to defending, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 53.8% from the floor on 42 of 78 shooting. Phoenix doled out 35 assists and had 25 steals for the matchup. In addition, Phoenix collected 30 boards (5 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Phoenix ended up shooting 76.2% at the charity stripe by burying 16 of their 21 tries. They also knocked down 10 of their 28 attempts from distance. Regarding fouls, the Pelicans walked away with 18 and the Suns had 9 fouls.
Jonas Valanciunas is one player who was a major contributor for the matchup. Valanciunas finished the contest at 33.3% from the field and totaled 3 assists. He played for 31 minutes and also pulled down 25 boards. He notched 18 points on 7 of 21 shooting.
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New Orleans will take the court with a mark of 36-46 on the year. They currently have an average of 109.3 points per contest (21st in the NBA) while hitting 45.7% from the field. The Pelicans are hitting 33.2% on shots from downtown (873 of 2,629) and 78.9% from the free throw line. As a team, New Orleans is grabbing 45.2 boards per game and has accumulated 2,047 dimes for the season, which ranks 13th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 14.1 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.7 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Pelicans are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game while drawing 20.5 fouls. They rank 15th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 2,039 conceded this season. The Pelicans defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.1% (3,301 of 7,009) and they relinquish 41.8 boards per game as a team. They concede 36.5% from beyond the arc and they are 13th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (110.3).
In their Game 1 win, Phoenix permitted New Orleans to grab 30 overall (25 on the offensive side). They finished 39.1% from downtown by going 9 out of 23 and finished the contest at 18 out of 26 at the free throw line (69.2%). The Suns allowed the Pelicans to convert 36 of their 95 tries from the floor which had them at 37.9% for the matchup. When the game finished, the Suns ended up shooting 42 out of 78 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 53.8%. In reference to three-point attempts, Phoenix made 10 of their 28 attempts (35.7%). They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 76.2%. The Pelicans earned 13 fouls in this contest which got the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 21 attempts. They gave up possession 9 times, while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Suns corralled 30 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 35 in this matchup.
Chris Paul was important for the Suns for the matchup. Paul tallied 30 points in his 35 minutes of playing time and had 10 assists for this game. He made 12 out of 16 in this game giving him a rate of 75.0%, and had 7 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 64-18 on the campaign. As an offense, the Suns are shooting 48.5% from the field, which is 1st in the NBA. Phoenix has accounted for 9,416 points for the campaign (114.8 per game) and they average 45.3 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 27.4 times per contest (4th in the NBA) and they turn it over 12.9 times per game. The Suns are responsible for committing 19.9 personal fouls per contest and they go 79.7% from the charity stripe.
The Phoenix defense concedes 34.0% on shots from 3-point land (953 of 2,805) and their opposition knocks down 76.1% of their foul shots. They relinquish 22.9 dimes and 44.5 rebounds every game, which ranks them 3rd and 19th in basketball. The Suns on defense are ranked 8th in basketball in points given up per game with 107.3. They are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.4% from the floor (3rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Orleans (+10)
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