NBA Betting: New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns
- Updated: February 28, 2014
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the teams that has proven to be a surprise to many VietBet customers, in that they have come out of nowhere to be a playoff contender in the Western Conference, where nobody really expected it. They are slipping a bit in the conference playoff order, however, and they hope that their current three-game losing streak doesn’t evolve into a freefall as they play host to the New Orleans Pelicans in NBA betting action that is slated to get underway at 10:35 PM ET at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.
The Suns, as mentioned, have lost three straight and are sitting with a straight-up record of 33-24. Their pointspread record is still the best in the NBA at 36-20. But right now they are on the verge of being removed from the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, as the Memphis Grizzlies just a half-game behind them.
The Pelicans have been through a season that began with a new name and new hope, having added players like Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, but they have experienced the injury bug, and there is not a whole lot of room for error in the hyper-competitive West. They are the last-place team in the Southwest Division at 23-34 straight-up, and are 24-30-3 when measured against the basketball odds. .
This is much uncertainty in this game for VietBet customers to consider, with the participation of a key performer on each side in question.
Goran Dragic, who was part of the dual point guard setup in Phoenix who has really taken matters into his own hands with the injury to Eric Bledsoe, sprained his ankle and had to sit out the Suns’ last game, a 109-86 loss to the Utah Jazz that was the team’s third straight defeat. Dragic is averaging 20.2 points per game, so his absence would leave a big void, as it did against Utah. Without him, Ish Smith played at the point guard position. He had 13 points and did not turn the ball over, but he also had a -24 plus/minus rating, which was the game’s worst.
Anthony Davis, the second-year power forward who leads the NBA in blocked shots, is listed as day-to-day with a sprained shoulder, and if he’s missing, it could be even more devastating to the Pelicans. That’s because this team is missing so much as it is – point guard Holiday is out, leaving them with Brian Roberts, and Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith are injured as well, with Al-Farouq Aminu and Greg Stiesmsma replacing them at small forward and center, respectively. Davis is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, and NBA bettors know it’s not likely that the Pelicans can get that kind of positive return from rookie Jeff Withey, also the former Kansas center is a capable shot-blocker.
Both of these teams have struggled on the defensive end. The Pelicans have permitted opponents to shoot 51% over the last three games of this five-game losing streak, while in the process of dropping their last three, the Suns have yielded 52% from the floor.
And in terms of “instant offense,” the Pelicans have been ill-equipped of late. Evans, the former rookie of the year with Sacramento, has hit just 26% of his shots since the All-Star break. So as the basketball betting public at VietBet has seen, New Orleans hasn’t gotten what it hoped for out of its big-name acquisitions.
These teams have met twice this season, with the Suns winning both times, during the early stages of the schedule. On November 5 the two teams combined for 22 three-pointers, but Phoenix was much more successful from two-point range (shot 50% overall) en route to a 104-98 decision at the Smoothie King Arena that covered a 9.5-point spread as an underdog in the NBA betting lines.
Then five nights later the Suns shot 49% and did a much better job of keeping the Pelicans off the scoreboard form long-range (just four triples) in a 101-94 win in which they were getting two points at home, so obviously this was before the pro basketball oddsmakers had caught up with this team.
Are the catching up now? Well, the Suns have gone just 4-6 versus the number in their last ten games. So maybe that’s the case,. But maybe they are just being more inconsistent.
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