New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns - 2/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns - 2/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (18-43) at New Orleans Pelicans (33-26)

NBA Basketball: Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -8.5 -- Over/Under: 232.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Phoenix Suns are still looking for their first victory since January 31. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 104.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.4 points and 4.8 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 19.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns haven’t won a road game since January 19. 

The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 27.7 points and 10.9 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.8 points and 5.6 assists. E'Twaun Moore is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Miller is grabbing two rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games.

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The Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Monday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans are a thin team as it is, and they're on the end of a back to back that includes overtime, so that depth will be tested tonight. On the flipside, the Phoenix Suns are just falt out awful and seem to be in tank mode, as they're being outscored by nearly 16 points in their last five games and are being outscored by 8.4 points on the road this season. While I do question how long the Pelicans can continue this streak and they have beat up on subpar teams during this stretch, the Suns are about as low as it gets. I'll take New Orleans by double digits.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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