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

Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans - 4/22/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (39-47) vs Phoenix Suns (65-19)

Game Info: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +1.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center. The Phoenix Suns look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The New Orleans Pelicans look for another upset to take a 2-1 series lead.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 112 points on 51.8 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 28 points and 3 rebounds, while Chris Paul is averaging 23.5 points and 4 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Mikal Bridges is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 49.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 112 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 51.8 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 27.5 points and 8 rebounds, while CJ McCollum is averaging 24 points and 8 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Larry Nance Jr. is grabbing 6 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 49.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49 rebounds per game.

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The Suns are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 Friday games. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 Friday games. The under is 6-1 in Suns last 7 overall. The under is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 Friday games. The Suns are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Give the New Orleans Pelicans credit for getting the job done in game two and making a series of this thing. No, Devin Booker is also a big deal for the Suns. With that said, the Suns were the best team in the league this season for a reason, and it will take more than that to think they're in legit trouble. The Suns didn't win at the clip they won at because of one player, and they actually win on the road by an average of 6.1 points. Also, this is the smallest favorite the Suns have been since January 2. You're getting value here with the soft line. I need to see more before I hit the panic button for the Suns. I'll lay the bucket.

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Randy’s Pick Phoenix Suns -1.5

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