Suns vs Pelicans Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Saturday, December 17, 2022

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The Phoenix Suns (17-12) host the New Orleans Pelicans (18-10) on December 17, 2022 at Footprint Center, where the Suns are favored, by three points in a matchup featuring one of the strongest offensive teams in the league (the Suns) versus one of the best defensive squads (the Pelicans). The over/under is set at 227.5 points for the matchup.

How to bet Suns vs. Pelicans

Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with oddsmakers listing the Suns as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Suns have -149 odds to pick up the win, while the Pelicans are listed at +127 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 227.5 points.

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Suns vs. Pelicans Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBA
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Arena: Footprint Center

Suns vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

The Suns are 15-14-0 against the spread this season. Phoenix has won 14, or 60.9%, of the 23 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Suns games this year have gone over the total in 13 out of 28 opportunities (46.4%).

The Pelicans have 15 wins against the spread in 28 games this season. New Orleans is 5-4 in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 55.6% of those games). Pelicans games this season have hit the over 15 times in 28 opportunities (53.6%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Suns

Suns Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Devin Booker 27 26.9 4.7 5.8 1 0.4 2.3
Mikal Bridges 29 16.2 5.1 3.1 1.2 0.9 1.9
Chris Paul 15 10.7 4.9 9.1 1.5 0.3 1.3
Damion Lee 29 8.3 3.4 1.2 0.5 0.1 1.8
Torrey Craig 26 8.3 5.2 1.4 0.7 0.7 1.3

Pelicans

Pelicans Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zion Williamson 23 25.3 7.3 4.4 1.2 0.6 0.3
CJ McCollum 24 17.8 5 5.6 1.1 0.6 2.1
Jonas Valančiūnas 28 13 9.1 1.8 0.3 0.3 0.5
Trey Murphy III 26 12.3 4.3 1.4 1.2 0.5 2.3
Herbert Jones 19 10.4 3.5 2.2 1.1 0.7 0.8
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Suns vs. Pelicans Injury Report

Pelicans: Jose Alvarado: Out (Ribs), Brandon Ingram: Out (Toe), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee)

What you need to know about the Phoenix Suns

With 115.3 points per game on offense, Phoenix is ninth in the NBA. On defense, it cedes 110.7 points per contest, which ranks seventh in the league. Offensively the Suns have fared better in home games this season, putting up 116.4 points per game, compared to 114.1 per game away from home. On offense, the Suns have increased their production a little bit over their last 10 games, scoring 116.6 points per contest over that span compared to the 115.3 they’ve racked up over the course of this season.

With 12.9 three-pointers per game, Phoenix ranks eighth in the NBA. It has a 37.3% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks sixth in the league. This season, the Suns have taken 62.4% two-pointers, accounting for 70.2% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 37.6% from three-point land (29.8% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

Offensively, New Orleans is the fourth-best team in the NBA (117.4 points per game). On defense, it is 11th (111.8 points allowed per game). The Pelicans are scoring fewer points at home (116.6 per game) than away (118.3). In their previous 10 games, the Pelicans are posting 117 points per contest, 0.4 fewer points than their season average (117.4).

In 2022-23, New Orleans is 23rd in the NBA in 3-point makes (10.9 per game) and 12th in 3-point percentage (36.2%). The Pelicans attempt 33.6% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 25.1% of their made shots are from there. Inside the arc, they take 66.4% of their shots, with 74.9% of their makes coming from there.

Our pick to win this game is the Suns, and we predict that Pelicans will cover the spread (Suns -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 227.5 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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