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Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans: Prediction (2024)

Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans: Prediction (2024)

The Phoenix Suns will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday at the Smoothie King Center. This is the second meeting between the two teams this season, with the Suns winning the last one 123–109. Both teams are fighting for the fifth and sixth seeds in the Western Conference, so the upcoming contest is very crucial at this stage of the season. 

The Suns are currently in eighth place with a 42-31 record. On the other hand, the Pelicans are in sixth place with a 45-29 record. Both teams could end up having the same season record. This makes it important for both of them to win the season series and Phoenix has a chance of doing so in the upcoming contest. 

 

Preview 

The Suns are coming off two wins and two losses from their last four contests. However, their inconsistent defensive focus and late-game offense have become a concern for them. They have not found the solution to this yet, which jeopardizes their chance of ending up as a top-six seed. Since the beginning of March, Phoenix has been 8-7 and they are ranked 12th in offense. 

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been a better team, even if their record is identical to the Suns in the past few games. They are 10-4 since March and rank 13th in the offense. 

 

Starting lineup 

The Suns are expected to start with Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Grayson Allen and Jusuf Nurkic. 

The Pelicans will be without Brandon Ingram and Jose Alvarado on Monday. They will most likely start with Herbert Jones, Zion Williamson, CJ McCollum, Trey Murphy III and Jonas Valanciunas. 

 

Betting tips 

Zion Williamson has a point prop of 26.5 points for the upcoming game. He has gone over this mark in his four consecutive games and is favored to do the same on Monday. 

Devin Booker’s point prop for the upcoming game is 25.5. Although Booker  has scored under 20 in his last game, he is expected to make a strong comeback and go over the mark. 

Kevin Durant’s over/under for the upcoming game is 24.5 points. He has scored at least 26 points in his past three games so bet on him to go over. 

Also Read: Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets: Prediction (2024)

Prediction 

The Phoenix Suns are slightly favored to win the upcoming game. But the New Orleans Pelicans are favored to cover the spread. The contest is expected to be close. The Pelicans have the home court advantage, so they might come out with a win. 

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