New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns - 12/17/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Phoenix Suns (17-12) vs New Orleans Pelicans (18-10)

Game Info: Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -3.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns meet Saturday in NBA action at the Footprint Center. The New Orleans Pelicans have won 9 of their last 12 games. The Phoenix Suns have lost 6 of their last 8 games.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 117 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 25 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 115.4 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 27.4 points and 5.8 assists, while Deandre Ayton is averaging 17 points and 9.5 rebounds. Mikal Bridges is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Johnson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 9-4 in Pelicans last 13 road games. The under is 8-3 in Suns last 11 home games. The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix.

Even with a couple of losses, I'm still very high on the New Orleans Pelicans and the way this team is playing. The Phoenix Suns continue to lose games, and that includes losing their last 5 games by an average of 8.2 points. I'll continue to find value with the Pels in the underdog role as I think this team is a legit contender and there's always going to be value with free points and good teams.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +3.5

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