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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns - 11/5/13

Phoenix Suns (2-1) at New Orleans Pelicans (1-2)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -9 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans collide with the Phoenix Suns from the Big Easy on Tuesday night.

If early indications are anything to do by, then Anthony Davis is set for a monster season. The second-year forward is averaging 23.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and four blocks per-game through his first three games, but it was his performance in their 105-84 win over the Charlotte Bobcats last weekend that had everybody talking. Davis finished with a stat line of: 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists, six steals and six blocks, narrowly missing the famed 5-5-5-5-5 club. Last year’s No. 1 overall pick has now scored at least 20 points in the first three games of the season and has hit 19-20 from the free-throw line.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns - 11/5/13

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The surprising Phoenix Suns suffered their first loss of the season on Monday after they fell to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-96. Many had the Suns pegged as the worst team out West this season, but they have looked anything but in the first handful of games. After start up wins against Portland and Utah, the Suns then took it right up to the Thunder, who were playing in their season opener and welcoming Russell Westbrook back for his first game. Newly acquired Eric Bledsoe (22 ppg, 6.3 ppg & 8.7 apg) has been everything the Phoenix brass had hoped for and more in the early stages, although his shooting and turnover could stand to improve.  

Head to head, the Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns on the other hand are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, but just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games.

This one seems like a bit of no-brainer pick to me. The Suns have played really well to start the season and even though they didn’t manage to eek out the win in Oklahoma City the other night, they took it right up to the Thunder in their home opener. Phoenix doesn’t really have a matchup for Anthony Davis here, but I feel pretty confident they have what it takes to keep this one within single digits...

Dan’s Pick: Phoenix +9

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