Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans – NBA February 19

8 p.m. ET – Phoenix (-4) at New Orleans O/U: 230½

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Phoenix Suns -4 (-105) -170 O 230½ (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans +4 (-115) +140 U 230½ (-110)

The 17-10 Suns head east to take on the 12-16 Pelicans inside the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday night. The Suns’ six-game winning streak was snapped at home Tuesday night against the Nets after being outscored by 16 in the fourth quarter of a game they lost 128-124. The Pelicans lost at home Wednesday night to the Blazers, 126-124. These two teams have met twice this season, splitting those matchups. The first game was played in Phoenix, where the Suns won by 25 points, and the second game was played in New Orleans, where the Pelicans won by 22 points.

Phoenix Suns LogoPhoenix is led as always by guard Devin Booker, who is averaging 24.4 points per game, But arguably the main reasons for the team’s recent success and overall competitiveness this season has been the emergence of former No.1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton and the offseason addition of veteran point guard Chris Paul. Ayton has averaged a double-double this season and ranks fourth in the NBA in rebounds per game with 12.2. Paul has turned the Phoenix backcourt into a two-headed monster, allowing Booker to work off the ball in ways he could not before the season. Paul ranks seventh in the league with 8.2 assists per game.

New Orleans Pelicans LogoNew Orleans remains one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA, mostly because of sophomore phenom Zion Williamson. Williamson is building on a fantastic rookie campaign with an even better second season, averaging 25 points per game. Brandon Ingram has excelled as Zion’s running mate, averaging 23.6 points per game, making the Pelicans’ frontcourt one of the best in the league. Ingram poses a major matchup threat for Phoenix, making his player prop of 24 points worth a bet.

Please Note:
The Pelicans’ last five games have gone Over and Overs have hit at over a 70-percent clip for them this season. New Orleans has slipped back into its pre-Stan Van Gundy era of defense over the past month, which is to say the Pelicans aren’t playing much of it and they cannot stop anyone. The Pelicans are capable of outscoring the Suns Friday night, but the Suns likewise will have no issue scoring over 120 points in this matchup. Take the Over for the game at 230 points and watch it hit by the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Bets
Over 230½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

Bonus Pick:Brandon Ingram Over 24 points (-110) available at BetOnline!
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