At 8:00 ET, the 43-31 Suns (-115) will travel to New Orleans to take on the 45-29 Pelicans (-105). The Suns are favored by 1 point.

This Western Conference matchup will be played at the Smoothie King Center and can be seen on BSNO.

PHOENIX SUNS VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +1

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, April 1st.

WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-114 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Zion Williamson finishing with Zion Williamson points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.4% and knocking down 12 threes.

Can the Suns Lock in a Road Win?

Today, the Suns are favored by 1 point on the spread, and they have gone 36-19 as the favorite this season. In their last two games as the favorite, they have failed to cover the spread.

Phoenix’s ATS record for the season is 30-43, including a road ATS record of 16-21. The team’s average scoring margin on the road is +2.1 PPG.

Phoenix’s O/U record for the season is 33-40-1, and their games have averaged 230.8 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 224, and 60 of their games have had higher O/U lines.

In their last game, the Suns lost to the Thunder by a score of 128-103. The O/U line for that game was 227.5, and Phoenix was favored by 2.5 points going into the game.

The Suns are currently 8th in the Western Conference with a record of 43-31. In non-conference games, they are 19-10 and 24-21 against Western Conference opponents.

So far this season, the Suns are 10th in scoring at 116.7 points per game. Surprisingly, they have been better on the road, averaging 116.3 points compared to 117.1 at home. In terms of pace, Phoenix is 15th in the league at 98.2 possessions per game.

One of the strengths of the Suns’ offense has been their ability to get to the free-throw line. They are 2nd in the NBA in free throws made per game at 19.0. In terms of field-goal percentage, Phoenix is 4th overall at 49%. When it comes to three-point shooting, the Suns are 5th in the league at 38%.

So far this season, Phoenix has outscored the NBA scoring average in 55.4% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 11th in the NBA at 27 per game. However, they are just 19th in offensive rebounds.

Currently, the Suns’ defense holds the 16th rank in the NBA, allowing 114.1 points per game. Inside the arc, the Suns defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.3% and 36.3% from three-point territory.

Can New Orleans Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

In Pelicans games this season, the average over/under line has been 228 points, which is higher than today’s line of 224. The team’s O/U record for the season is 31-43, and the under has hit in their last two games.

Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans are 17-12 ATS as underdogs, and they have gone 20-16 ATS at home. As underdogs, they are 15-14 straight-up and 29-15 vs. the spread. Their ATS losing streak as favorites is at two games.

New Orleans is 6th in the Western Conference with a record of 45-29. In the Southwest Division, they are in 2nd place. In non-conference games, they are 19-10 and 26-19 against the West.

The Pelicans are looking to bounce back from a 104-92 loss to the Celtics. In that game, they were 6-point underdogs and finished with an ATS loss. The O/U line for the game was 223.5.

Coming into tonight’s game, the Pelicans are averaging 115.2 points per game, which is 13th in the NBA. However, they have scored below the league average in 50% of their games this season. In their last seven games, they have scored less than their season average.

When playing at home, the Pelicans are averaging 115.5 points per game, which is 15th in the league. Overall, they are shooting 48% from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. From three-point range, they are shooting 37%, which is 9th.

So far this season, the Pelicans have been one of the more efficient teams in the league. They are 10th in true shooting percentage and 12th in two-point shooting percentage. In terms of pace, New Orleans is 18th in the NBA.

New Orleans’ defense has been playing well, ranking 8th in the NBA with 110.3 points allowed per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Pelicans’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 55.0% and allowing 34.6% from beyond the arc.