New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns - 4/19/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns - 4/19/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (65-18) vs New Orleans Pelicans (38-47)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -9.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns meet Tuesday in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs at the Footprint Center. The New Orleans Pelicans look to even up the series at 1-1 with a win. The Phoenix Suns have a chance to take a quick 2-0 series lead.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 99 points on 37.9 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 53.8 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 25 points and 8 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18 points and 25 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and Larry Nance Jr. is grabbing 6 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 55 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 110 points on 53.8 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 30 points and 7 rebounds, while Devin Booker is averaging 25 points and 4 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Johnson is grabbing 1 rebound. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog. The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite. The under is 10-4 in Pelicans last 14 overall. The under is 6-0 in Suns last 6 overall. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans showed flashes that they could compete against the Suns in the opening game, but nothing was consistent and right when they'd get back in the game, the Suns would open things right back up. The Pelicans defense has also been an issue lately, as they're allowing 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 41.6 percent from deep in their last five games. The Suns win by an average of 8.9 points at home and in the favorite role. I'd need an extra bucket or two in order to consider the Pelicans here. Give me the Suns by double digits.

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Randy’s Pick Phoenix Suns -9.5

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