Pelicans vs. Suns - 12/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (18-14) at New Orleans Pelicans (15-15)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -2 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSN
The Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans clash Tuesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Phoenix Suns have won six straight games and are playing their third straight road game. On the season, the Suns are averaging 105.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 103.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 16.6 points and 4.1 assists while Eric Bledsoe is averaging 16.1 points and 5.3 assists. Isaiah Thomas is shooting 42.5 percent from the field and Markieff Morris is grabbing six rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are simply outscoring teams during this stretch, topping 100 points in five of their last six games while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep in their last five games. The Suns have to improve defensively if they’re going to make an honest run at a playoff spot but right now, it’s hard to complain with the results.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 10 games and would love to get above .500 with a win here. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 101.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 102 points on 47 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.6 points and 10.2 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.4 points and 5.6 assists. Jrue Holiday is producing 7.2 assists and Ryan Anderson is shooting 41.6 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans continue to have a hard time getting both their offense and defense on the same page. If the Pelicans defense shows up, the offense doesn’t and vice versa. The Pelicans are shooting just 27.9 percent from deep in their last five games. The good news for New Orleans is that it has won five of its last seven home games SU.
The Suns are 40-18-1 ATS in their last 59 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans.
Why in the world would anybody turn down the Phoenix Suns and the free bucket? The Suns are one of the hottest teams in the league and is scoring at will. The Suns have also been a money making machine on the road dating back to last season. There's value all over Phoenix in this spot.