New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns prediction and betting tips (April 28)
Surprisingly, the eighth seed is putting up a huge fight against the 1st seed as the Pelicans battle the Suns for a chance to advance to the second round. Phoenix head into game 6 with a 3-2 lead.
Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns) finished game 5 with a team-high 11 assists
Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns) finished game 5 with a team-high 11 assists

The Phoenix Suns who lost their superstar Devin Booker to a hamstring injury in game 2 are looking to fight off the Pelicans and prevent an upset. The Suns seem to have figured the Pelicans as they blew them out in game 5 to take the lead in the series 3-2 but the Pelicans will be playing at home in game 6 and they hope to make something out of it.

The match starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, 28 April 2022. The game time by GMT is 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. The match venue is Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA.

Betting tips and match predictions for the New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns (April 28) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns latest odds on betting sites

The New Orleans Pelicans money line odds are priced at 2.10 (+110 American; 11/10 Fractional), while the Phoenix Suns money line odds are priced at 1.77 (-130;10/13). This equals approximate probabilities of 47% against 53% respectively.

Over/Under:

  • Over 214.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
  • Under 214.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)

Spread:

  • New Orleans Pelicans +20: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
  • Phoenix Suns -2.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)

New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns match preview and statistics

The Pelicans who were able to advance to the playoffs via the play-in tournament got the 8th seed and to the basketball world’s surprise, they are giving the Pelicans a run for their money. Game 5 didn’t go as expected for the Pelicans as they were completely outplayed by the Suns.

Brandon Ingram, who is averaging almost 30 ppg against the Suns in the playoffs led the team with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists while CJ McCollum followed with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Jonas Valnciunas dropped 17 points, 14 rebounds double-double and Jose Alvarado from the bench scored 12 points and got 2 steals.

The Pelicans didn’t shoot well from the 3-point line and they also turned over the ball significantly more than the Suns.

Team statistics: 32/80 (40.0%) field goals, 5/25 (20.0%) 3 pointers, 28/35 (80.0%) free throws, 14 assists, 47 total rebounds, 6 steals, 5 blocks, 15 turnovers, 20 fouls.

New Orleans Pelicans team news: Zion Williamson and Kira Lewis Jr are ruled out for the match.

The Suns blew past the Pelicans in game 5. They were able to force Brandon Ingram to difficult shots and they also did well on the offensive ends, shooting 50.0% as a team. They shared the ball better as well with 28 assists as a team.

Mikal Bridges led the team in scoring with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks while Chris Paul dropped 22 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 3 steals.

Deandre Ayton followed with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 rebounds while Cameron Payne from the bench scored 12 points and got 2 steals.

The Suns started the game on a high note with a 32-20 first quarter which allowed them to lead by at least 7 points for the final three quarters.

Team statistics: 43/86 (50.0%) field goals, 10/27 (37.0%) 3 pointers, 16/20 (80.0%) free throws, 28 assists, 40 total rebounds, 4 blocks, 10 steals, 9 turnovers, 25 fouls.

Phoenix Suns team news: Devin Booker and Dario Saric are ruled out for the match.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns H2H

This is the first time they are facing off in the postseason all-time. The Suns hold a 3-2 lead.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns lineups and key players

New Orleans Pelicans projected starting lineup:

  • Point guard: CJ McCollum
  • Shooting guard: Herbert Jones
  • Small forward: Brandon Ingram
  • Power forward: Jaxson Hayes
  • Center: Jonas Valanciunas

Brandon Ingram is the key player to watch out for. He’s averaging 29.7ppg in his first postseason run in the NBA, a big performance from him gives the Pelicans an edge over the Suns.

Phoenix Suns projected starting lineup:

  • Point guard: Chris Paul
  • Shooting guard: Cameron Johnson
  • Small forward: Mikal Bridges
  • Power forward: Jae Crowder
  • Center: Deandre Ayton

Chris Paul is the key player to watch out for. He finished game 5 with a team-high 11 assists and he’s the main facilitator in the team. A big game for him will have a big influence on the outcome of the game.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns predictions and betting tips

The Suns made game 5 difficult for Brandon Ingram forcing him to shoot 36.8% from the field, his second-lowest in this series since game 1 which the Pelicans lost and the Pelicans have not won any game in the series where he shot below 45%. The same thing applies to the Suns, locking up Chris Paul is also a huge disadvantage to the Suns as he was restricted to only 4 points in game 4 which the Pelicans won by a huge margin. The performance of the superstars in both teams has a big influence on the outcome of the game.

The Pelicans, although playing at home, are still not really at an advantage as they have the worst home record in the playoffs while the Suns are the best away team in the NBA this season. If the Suns can lock Brandon Ingram up as they did in game 5 and Chris Paul can replicate his game 5 form, the Suns are poised to win. Predictions for this game are the Phoenix Suns to win and over 214 points.

Betting prediction: Phoenix Suns to win

Odds: 1.77 (-130 American ;10/13 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 214 points

Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)

New Orleans Pelicans — Phoenix Suns
Not settled
Over 214 points
1.91
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