NBA Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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Renewed energy has been sparked in the NBA as teams have gone back to embracing the concept of rivalries and engaging with each other more competitively. With recent events such as the Paul-Alvarado feud and Williamson dunk, coupled with Payne’s comments and McCollum’s feisty response, it appears that we have a budding rivalry on our hands between Suns-Pelicans.

This is an exciting development for fans as these two matchups promise to provide us with captivating matchups going forward. Luckily, we will be able to witness an immediate rematch tomorrow at Smoothie King Center.

The Pels emerged as the top team in the west last week and they are looking to further cement their position by having back-to-back wins against another top contender. The Suns, on the other hand, fall to the third spot and lost their last three games. In between the teams are Memphis Grizzlies with a 17-9 record.

Will this be a repeat? Or sweet revenge? 

Suns vs. Pelicans Odds/Game Lines

Odds Via FanDuelSunsPelicans
Point Spread+2.5 (-108)-2.5 (-112)
Money Line+120-142
Winning at the End of Every Quarter
SunsAny Other ResultPelicans

Note: “Winning at the End of Every Quarter” bets means that the team you choose should be ahead every end the quarter. If neither team does, the bets for “Any Other Result” wins.

Odds Via DraftKingsSunsPelicans
Point Spread+3 (-110)-3 (-110)
Money Line+115-125
Zion Williamson Props
PointsO 26.5 (+115)U 26.5 (-115)
ReboundsO 7.5 (-130)U 7.5 (-100)
AssistO 4.5 (-110)U 4.5 (-120)

Can the Pelicans Replicate the Friday Result?

The New Orleans Pelicans demonstrated impressive energy in Friday’s two-game series opener against the Phoenix Suns. This was reflected positively in their superior rebounding, free throws, and paint points; they triumphed by margins of 44-37, 28-9, and 72-38 respectively. If they can recreate this level of spirit and attentiveness on Sunday, likely, the Pelicans will once again emerge victorious from the rematch.

The Phoenix Suns put up a fight during Friday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans but ultimately fell short by a narrow margin. While they performed considerably better than their opponents from beyond the arc, with 22/44 3-point shots in comparison to New Orleans’ 8/27, it was not enough to sway the outcome of the match and the Suns were forced to exit the court to thunderous boos.

Had Friday’s outcome been determined by a three-point contest, however, Phoenix and its players would be leaving with smiles on their faces instead.

Jonas Valanciunas had an uncharacteristically poor shooting night against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. He only made four of his sixteen attempts, missing all three of his attempts from three-point range despite being given space to shoot early in the game. Sunday promises to be a tougher test with Deandre Ayton and his preference for Smoothie King Center’s rims coming into town.

Ayton picked up where he left off in the 2022 playoffs, making 11 out of 15 shots on Friday night to earn himself 25 points. It will be interesting to see if Valanciunas can come back and find his form against a formidable foe like Ayton.