Check out our free Suns vs Pelicans pick and preview for this NBA game in New Orleans. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Suns vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans
  • Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
  • Date: Friday, December 9th
  • Betting Odds NO +1, PHO -120 | NO +100 O/U 227.5

The Suns come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-9. So far, the team has gone 13-10-2 against the spread. The Suns come into the game in the middle of a 2 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -23.0 points per contest.

In their previous game, the Suns were favored to win vs the Celtics. However, their 125-98 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Phoenix got off to a slow start, trailing by 27 points going into halftime. In the loss, Josh Okogie led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 57.1%.

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The Pelicans come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-8. So far, the team has gone 13-11-0 against the spread. Against the Suns, the Pelicans are looking to add to their current 5 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 12.2.

The Pelicans are coming off a 104-98 win over the Pistons. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 11 point favorites. New Orleans went on to win the game, as they led by 13 heading into halftime. In the win, Zion Williamson led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 68.8%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Suns averaged 117.0 points per game vs the Pelicans. Just like the Suns, the Pelicans maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 110.5 points per game vs Phoenix. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Suns. In these matchups, Phoenix has averaged 113 points per game, while allowing 109. In these contests, they averaged a combined 222 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Phoenix offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 7th ranked offense at 115.8 points per game. The Suns come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.6 made 3’s per game. If the Suns offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.9 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Suns are giving up an average of 107.33 points per game, good for 9th in the NBA.

Shooting Guard Devin Booker currently leads the Suns at 27.9 points per game. For the season, he is 20th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Booker is averaging 4.9 boards and 5.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 2nd ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Mikal Bridges enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 25 games, he is averaging 15.5 and is 155th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Through 24 games, New Orleans is the 5th best scoring team at 116.7 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.4 made 3’s per game. If the New Orleans offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.2 turnovers per game.

Defensively, New Orleans has had its problems giving up an average of 110.28 points per game (13th).

Power-Foward Zion Williamson currently leads the Pelicans at 23.9 points per game. For the season, he is 35th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Williamson is averaging 7.2 boards and 4.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 1st ranked defense at defending power-fowards. CJ McCollum enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 20 games, he is averaging 16.9 and is 214th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Suns vs Pelicans Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Pelicans +1
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 227.5

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