New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns NBA Pick – Game 2

The NBA is set up with another great slate of basketball on April 19. Three playoff games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns. These two teams will look for a big win in Game 2 of their series. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

New Orleans finished out the regular season with a record of 36-46 to grab the ninth seed in the Western Conference. The Pelicans knocked off the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers to get the eighth seed. New Orleans took a tough loss in Game 1 of this series and will look to bounce back. I expect the Pelicans to make some adjustments on Tuesday.

The Suns put up a record of 64-18 throughout this season, which has them in the top spot of the Western Conference. Phoenix struggled to close out the regular season, losing four of their last six. The Suns will look for a big win in this one to take a 2-0 series lead. Phoenix will look to pick up their play in this one.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one.

The Pelicans were strong to make their way through the play-in tournament and will look to tie this series up. Phoenix is a favorite to win the NBA Finals and will look to remain hot in the playoffs. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Money Line Total
New Orleans Pelicans +9 ½ (-110) +405 Over 221 ½ (-110)
Phoenix Suns -9 ½ (-110) -575 Under 221 ½ (-110)
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Team Data New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns
Playoff Record 0-1 1-0
Away/ Home Playoff Record 0-1 1-0
Playoff PPG 99.0 110.0
Playoff PPG Away/ Home 99.0 110.0
Playoff PAPG 110.0 99.0
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home 110.0 99.0

New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns Betting Trends

New Orleans Pelicans

  • 44-41 ATS this season
  • 28-33 ATS as an underdog
  • 21-22 ATS in road games
  • 5-4 ATS in April
  • 7-5 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 11-9 ATS against Pacific division
  • 2-1 ATS in Playoffs
  • 13-17 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 8-12 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 23-21 ATS against team with a winning record

Phoenix Suns

  • 45-37 ATS this season
  • 38-33 ATS as a favorite
  • 20-22 ATS in home games
  • 3-4 ATS in April
  • 8-3 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 10-9 ATS against Southwest division
  • 1-0 ATS in Playoffs
  • 10-13 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 18-19 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 21-20 ATS against team with a losing record

These two teams met up in Game 1 of this series on April 19. C.J. McCollum put up 25 points, while Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas both had 18 points. It was not enough for New Orleans. Chris Paul had 30 points and 10 assists. Devin Booker added 25 points and 8 assists, while Deandre Ayton dropped 21 points and 9 rebounds. The Suns grabbed a 110-99 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Pelicans have struggled a bit shooting the ball on the regular season. New Orleans made 45.7 percent of their shots from the field, which was 23rd in the league. The Pelicans shot 33.2 percent from deep, which was 27th in the NBA. New Orleans sunk 78.9 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which was 10th in the league.

Phoenix was really strong shooting the ball during the regular season. The Suns were shooting 48.5 percent from the field, which was 1st in the NBA. Phoenix made 36.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which was 9th in the league. The Suns have drained 79.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which was 7th in the NBA.

The Suns were the better team shooting the ball during the regular season and had the better defense. Phoenix has held their opponents to a 44.4 percent from the field, which was 3rd in the league. New Orleans allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.1 percent from the field, which was 24th in the NBA. The Pelicans will look for their defense to step up in this one.

Top Performers

C.J. McCollum and Brandon Ingram were the leaders for New Orleans in the regular season. McCollum averaged 24.3 points and 5.8 assists per game. Ingram was averaging 22.7 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas averaged 17.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Devonte’ Graham rounded out the lineup, averaging 11.9 points per game.

Devin Booker was great for the Suns during the regular season. Booker was averaging 26.8 points per game. Deandre Ayton averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds, while Chris Paul was averaging 14.7 points and 10.8 assists per game. Mikal Bridges averaged 14.2 points and Cameron Johnson was averaging 12.5 points per game. Cameron Payne averaged 10.8 points to round out the lineup.

These two teams were led by their starts throughout the regular season. McCollum and Ingram will look to step up again in Game 2. Chris Paul came out hot in Game 1, while Devin Booker has struggled a bit in the first meeting. Both teams will look for their players to step up in this one. I expect the Suns to step up early in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams will look for a big win as they meet up in Game 2. The Pelicans were able to put up a fight in Game 1 of this series as they pushed for a comeback, but Phoenix ended up prevailing. I think that the Suns will come out even hotter in this one. If Booker can step up early in this one, I think that Phoenix can dominate.

Bovada has the Suns listed as a -9 ½ against the spread in this one.

This gives Phoenix a strong chance to earn a win in this one. I think that this line is accurate with the Suns being the best team in the NBA this season. New Orleans played well in Game 1, but I think Phoenix can runaway with this one. I like the value on the Suns to cover the spread at home.

The Bet
Phoenix Suns -9.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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