New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns - 2/25/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Phoenix Suns (49-10) vs New Orleans Pelicans (23-36)

Game Info: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -7.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns meet Friday in NBA action at the Footprint Center. The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Phoenix Suns look to build on their eight-game winning streak. 

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 106.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 28.4 points and 6 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 113.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.5 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Deandre Ayton is averaging 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds. Mikal Bridges is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Johnson is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Friday games. The under is 8-3-1 in Pelicans last 12 overall. The over is 5-1 in Suns last 6 overall. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans have the rest advantage, but I'm not sure that matters when you consider they can't string wins together, and they get clapped on the road where they lose by an average of 5.7 points. The Phoenix Suns didn't miss a beat in their first game with Chris Paul, and now they return home, where they win by an average of 9.3 points. The Suns have won eight straight games, and they've won their last five games by an average of 13.2 points. I'm not stepping in front of the Suns for the Pelicans. I'll lay the chalk.

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Randy’s Pick Phoenix Suns -7.5

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