In the second national TV game to tip-off at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the Phoenix Suns will play the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams played each other earlier this season, where the Suns won 111-86. The game will air on ESPN.
The Suns (11-8) enters this primetime contest on a three-game winning streak, including a two-game sweep over the Dallas Mavericks. In their latest win over the Mavs, Phoenix got great performances from their starting backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Paul led the way with 34 points (14-20 FG, 4-7 3pt), nine rebounds, and nine assists. Booker added 24 points (9-19 FG, 4-8 3pt), which included a game-winning three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. As a team, Phoenix shot 46.7 percent from the field and had six players in double figures.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans (7-12) are on a two-game losing streak. On Monday night, New Orleans lost 118-109 to the Sacramento Kings. Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 20 points, five rebounds, and two assists. The Pelicans had six players score in double figures, including Willy Hernangomez (13 points) and Josh Hart (15 points) off the bench. But the Pels did not have an answer for Kings’ dynamic point guard De’Aaron Fox. Fox had scored a game-high 38 points, to go along with 12 assists.
What can we expect from these two teams on Wednesday night? And can Phoenix extend their winning streak to three games? To answer those questions and more, here is our pick against the spread and a player prop you need to think about playing.
Pick ATS: Suns -3.5
The line for Wednesday night’s game is currently set at 3.5 points, with the Suns being on the road. Phoenix is looking for their fourth-straight road win and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. In their last five games, the Suns have a record of 3-2 against the spread. Their only two losses happened against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. Phoenix also has a record of 7-4 against the spread on the road.
As for the Pelicans, they haven’t played well against their Western Conference foes this season with a record of 3-9. Furthermore, New Orleans has a record of 0-5 ATS in their last five games against teams from the west. The Pelicans have not played well at home this season, giving up 114 points per game on defense. New Orleans will likely be without center Steven Adams for another game, which is a huge lost to their frontcourt. With Devin Booker back in the lineup for the second-straight game, I like the Suns to get the cover.
Player Prop: Zion Williamson O8.5 rebounds (+110)
For the Pelicans to have any chances of winning on Wednesday night, it will start with winning the rebounding battle. New Orleans will likely be without Steven Adams, which is a huge loss in the frontcourt. Therefore, Williamson, who is averaging 7.6 rebounds per game must step up. In their first meeting earlier this season, the second-year forward only had two rebounds.
Furthermore, he has gone over 8.5 rebounds in seven out of 19 games this season, which does not scream great odds. But Williamson is going up against a Suns team that is giving up 52.4 rebounds per game to opponents this season. It’s a risky play, but could be of supreme value at plus money.
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