Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans 4-22-22

Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans 4/22/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans 4/22/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

West 1st Round – Game 3, Series tied 1-1

 

No. 1 seed Phoenix Suns and No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans face off on Friday evening at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs series.

 

The Suns lost Game 2 to a score of 114-125 at Footprint Center in Phoenix Tuesday night. SG Devin Booker delivered 31 points before leaving with right hamstring tightness in the third quarter. Transition defense was seen as the cause of loss from the Pelicans. Phoenix PG Chris Paul said that Booker’s injury was no excuse in the loss.

 

The Suns are leveled at 1-1 in the round 1 of the playoff series and are 39-13 against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix ranks fifth in the rebounding category in the Western Conference with 45.3 rebounds per game led by Center Deandre Ayton averaging 10.2 rpg.

 

Booker is the leading point maker with 26.8 ppg, 46.6% in FG shooting, and 86.8% from the foul line. The Suns are 5-5 in their last 10 matches averaging 110.5 points, 42.9 rebounds, 26.5 assists, 8.8 steals, and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.4 points.

 

  • The Phoenix Suns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 matches with the Pelicans.
  • Phoenix is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against New Orleans.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games down the road.

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Phoenix Suns vs  New Orleans Pelicans Predictions 4/22/2022

 

Meanwhile, Game 3 is slated for New Orleans with home crowd advantage behind the Pelicans. SF Brandon Ingram brough an impressive  all-around game with 37 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists.

 

The Pelicans brought enough firepower draining huge baskets from beyond the arc courtesy of PG Jose Alvarado, SG CJ McCollum and Ingram to complement their domination of the Bookerless Suns. McCollum capped his game with 23 points with Ingram sinking 13 of 21 FG shooting.

 

The Pelicans shot 17 of 30 (57%) from 3-point range. They are now in a momentum augmented by a home crowd rearing to dole out support.

 

The Pelicans are 25-27 in conference games. New Orleans is seventh in the assists department in the Western Conference with 25.0 assists per game led by PG Devonte’ Graham averaging 4.2.now.

 

The team’s motivation is at its peak  more than ever, salivating for their first playoff contest at home in several years. Center Jonas Valanciunas is the scoring leader of the team with 17.8ppg, 54.4% in FG shooting, and 82.0% from the FT spot. 

 

  • The total went OVER in 10 of New Orleans’ last 14 matches with the Suns.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’ last 5 games at home.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of New Orleans’ last 5 games at home against Phoenix.

Phoenix Suns vs  New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA pick is the Phoenix Suns. SG Devin Booker will be missed in this match with his recurring hamstring injury. The Pelicans will need Ingram and McCollum to deliver their best in every game they play. If one of them is off on a match, it could spell doom for the team.

 

New Orleans should maintain a 54.8% FG shooting from the field and 56.7% from 3. Look for the Suns to contain the Pelicans’ dynamic duo to take the reins of this match predicted at 111-106

 

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Phoenix Suns vs  New Orleans Pelicans 4/22/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 10:00 PM ET

 

Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA

 

Date: Friday, April 22, 2022 

 

TV: Bally Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports New Orleans, ESPN

 

NBA Odds: Phoenix Suns -1.5

 

NBA Totals: 216

 

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