The New Orleans Pelicans (17-8) host the Phoenix Suns (16-10) on December 11, 2022 at Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans are favored, by four points, in a matchup featuring one of the league’s strongest defensive squads (the Pelicans) against one of the most efficient offensive teams (the Suns). The matchup has a 226.5 point total.
How to bet Pelicans vs. Suns
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 4 points, with sportsbooks listing the Pelicans as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -172 odds to pick up the win, while the Suns are listed at +146 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 226.5 points.
Pelicans vs. Suns Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Sunday, December 11, 2022
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSNO
- Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Arena: Smoothie King Center
Pelicans vs. Suns Betting Trends
The Pelicans have 14 wins against the spread in 25 games this season. New Orleans has been chosen as the favorite in 16 games this year and has walked away with the win 12 times (75%) in those games. The Pelicans have gone over the point total in 50% of their opportunities this year (13 times in 26 games with a set point total).
The Suns have played 26 games, with 14 wins against the spread. Phoenix has won 60% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (3-2). Suns games this year have eclipsed the over/under 12 times in 26 opportunities (46.2%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
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Pelicans: Jose Alvarado: Questionable (Ribs), Herbert Jones: Out (Ankle), Brandon Ingram: Out (Toe), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee)
Suns: Duane Washington Jr.: Out (Hip), Cameron Johnson: Out (Knee), Jae Crowder: Out (Not Injury Related)
What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans has been carried by its offense, as it ranks fifth-best in the NBA by tallying 117.2 points per game. It ranks seventh in the league in points allowed (110.1 per contest). At home, the Pelicans are putting up 3.3 fewer points per game (115.7) than they are in road games (119). The Pelicans’ offense has been better over their last 10 games, racking up 117.8 points per contest compared to the 117.2 they’ve averaged this season.
With 11.2 three-pointers per game, New Orleans ranks 21st in the NBA. It sports a 36.9% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 10th in the league. The Pelicans have taken 65.8% two-pointers and 34.2% three-pointers this year. Of the team’s buckets, 74% are two-pointers and 26% are three-pointers.
What you need to know about the Phoenix Suns
With 115.8 points scored per game and 110.6 points conceded, Phoenix is seventh in the league on offense and ninth defensively. At home the Suns are scoring 116.4 points per game, 1.4 more than they are averaging on the road (115). The Suns have played better offensively in their past 10 games, scoring 117 points per contest, 1.2 more than their season average of 115.8.
Beyond the arc, Phoenix is eighth in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (13). It is third-best in 3-point percentage at 38.5%. The Suns attempt 37.3% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 62.7% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 30.1% of the Suns’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 69.9% are 2-pointers.
Our prediction to win this contest is the Pelicans, and we expect that Pelicans will cover the spread (Pelicans -4). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 226.5 points.
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