New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns - 4/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (39-40) at New Orleans Pelicans (42-36)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -9 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns invade the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.
The Phoenix Suns have lost seven of their last eight overall and were officially eliminated from the playoff race after losing to the Mavericks by 107-104 on Wednesday. Gerald Green exploded for a game-high 30 points off the bench while Markieff Moriss added 19 points and seven assists, but Eric Bledsoe scored just 14 points and couldn't get it going down the stretch as the Suns failed to keep up with the Mavs who had Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis to close out the game. With the loss, Phoenix drops to 39-40 which would be good enough for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, but isn't even good enough for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last seven but will be feeling very disappointed with their effort in Wednesday's 110-74 loss to the Grizzlies after they had just stunned the Warriors the night before. Anthony Davis struggled to get into the game and scored just 12 points after pouring in 29 points on Tuesday, but it only get worse as Tyreke Evans scored just 10 points while Eric Gordon finished with just nine. In fact, the Pelicans were actually down by 55-36 going into halftime which forced coach Monty Williams to pull the plug on the game early and let the reserves off the bench. Despite the loss, New Orleans retain their hold on the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a record of 42-36, level with Oklahoma City who are in the ninth spot.
In ATS trends, the Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record, while the Pelicans are 40-19-3 ATS in their last 62 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing road record.
As recent as just a week ago, this meeting was shaping up to be a crucial game in deciding who would take the last spot in the Western Conference, but with the Suns already out of the race, it's too hard to know how much enthusiasm they'll have for this game. With that being said, I'm definitely taking the Pelicans to win at home because with the Thunder right on their tail, they're going to have to keep winning to hold onto that lost spot.