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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1 -- Over/Under: 232.5
TV Channel
FSAZ, FSNO
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The Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Phoenix Suns look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 106.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 115.9 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.1 points and 6.7 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost six of their last eight road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.6 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 115.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.5 points and 12.2 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 21.2 points and 7.7 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost their last five home games.

The Suns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Suns are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Pelicans last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 5-1 in Suns last 6 overall.

The Phoenix Suns are playing better basketball, but the bottom line is this is a matchup between two losing teams that have nothing to play for this time of year and they're both on the end of a back to back. Uh, good luck. The Pelicans beat the Suns on the road last week, scoring 130 points and shooting 57.5 percent from the field. The Pelicans have also won the last eight meetings overall against the Suns. It's hard to make a strong case for either side, but if forced to pick, I'd give the edge to the Pelicans due to the history between these teams and the fact they're at home.

Pick:
New Orleans Pelicans -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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