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Suns vs. Pelicans - 3/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (37-30) at Phoenix Suns (35-33)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Phoenix Suns -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, FSAZ

The New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns play Thursday night at the US Airways Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 99.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.6 points and 10.4 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.8 points and 6.5 assists. Eric Gordon is dishing 3.9 assists and Norris Cole is shooting 40.8 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans find themselves tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth spot in the West. The Pelicans are being carried by their offense that’s shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from deep in their last five games. The Pelicans have won five of their last seven road games.

Suns vs. Pelicans - 3/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phoenix Suns need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Suns are averaging 104.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 104.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 17.2 points and 6.1 assists while Markieff Morris is averaging 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Gerald Green is shooting 40.5 percent from the field and Marcus Morris is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting just 43 percent from the field in their last five games. The Suns have lost eight straight when scoring less than 100 points. The Suns have to win here if they hope to get back in the playoff race, as they’re 2.5 games out of the eighth spot in the West. Brandon Knight and Alex Len are questionable with ankle injuries.

The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Suns are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. 

The Pelicans are so close to a playoff spot they can taste it. Although this is a big game for the Suns as well, I have much more faith in NO getting the job done here. 

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