New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns - 4/17/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Phoenix Suns (64-18) vs New Orleans Pelicans (38-46)

Game Info: Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -10.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns meet Sunday in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at the Footprint Center. The New Orleans Pelicans look for another win after beating the Spurs and Clippers in the play-in games. The Phoenix Suns enter the playoffs, splitting their last eight games.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 109.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 24.3 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 114.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 26.8 points and 5 rebounds, while Deandre Ayton is averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Mikal Bridges is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as a road underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 9-4 in Pelicans last 13 overall. The under is 5-0 in Suns last 5 overall. The Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Phoenix and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Phoenix Suns are clearly the better team here and should be big favorites based on reputation and home court. However, the Suns were just 8-11 against the spread as a double-digit favorite, and they're 19-22 against the spread at home. The New Orleans Pelicans are playing their best ball of the season, they should be confident after what they did in the play-in games, and they've covered 13 of their last 18 road games. The Pelicans lose in the underdog role by an average of just 4.6 points. It feels like we're stealing an extra bucket or two. I'll take a shot with the road dog.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +10.5

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