NBA Picks: Bet Pelicans +3.5 on the Road vs. Suns

Steven Suarez

Friday, December 18, 2015 1:30 PM GMT

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 1:30 PM GMT

Neither team has been playing all that well this season, but one will emerge victorious this evening. Are we backing Anthony Davis and the Pelicans or Eric Bledsoe and the Suns with our NBA picks?

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NBA Pick: Pelicans +3.5
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

Odds Overview
The Suns are favored by 3.5 points on the NBA odds board as of now, and it's a number that's staying consistent across all of the top sportsbooks. Phoenix is listed at right around -160 to win on the moneyline.

If you're more interested in a total play, you're going to be presented with a very high number. The O/U is all the way up at 214 points.

 

Phoenix Suns
December has not been the best of months for the Suns. They come in having lost three of their last four overall, and they've gone 3-7 in ten games so far this month, putting them at 11-16 overall and in third place in the Pacific Division.

Phoenix was the latest team to feel the wrath of the mighty Golden State Warriors, as the Suns fell 128-103 on the road, allowing Klay Thompson to go off for 43 points. The Suns looked on helplessly as the Warriors shot a ridiculous 52.3 percent from the field overall and 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from beyond the arc. For Phoenix, Mirza Teletovic was the highlight off the bench, scoring 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while T.J. Warren (19 points, eight rebounds, three assists) also was able to put up some numbers in garbage time.

Needless to say, the Suns will be eager to get back on track, and oddsmakers like their chances of doing just that against Anthony Davis and company. Phoenix hasn't had much trouble offensively this season, averaging 104.8 points per game (the fourth-best mark in the NBA), but they've been a sieve defensively, surrendering 105.9 points a contest (25th in the league). Let's see if the Suns are able to slow down the Pelicans.

 

New Orleans Pelicans
We last saw New Orleans in action two nights ago in the team's come-from-behind road win over the Jazz. The Pelicans outscored Utah 31-15 in the fourth quarter to win 104-94 and easily cash for those that backed them with their sports picks.

Davis had a solid double double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans both had effective outings too. It was the tandem of Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday that perhaps had the biggest impact though, as the two of them came off the bench to total 39 points; Anderson (24 points in 34 minutes) was particularly efficient.

With that win, New Orleans moved to 7-18, so there's obviously still a long way to go for this team. The good news is the Pelicans haven't been this healthy for quite some time, so perhaps we'll see them turn things around here soon. That victory over a solid Utah team can't hurt on that front.

 

NBA Pick
This isn't an easy call, considering we haven't been very impressed with either team. The Suns are the home favorites, but they haven't done much to deserve that status, particularly as of late.

Phoenix will be boosted by the recent return of Tyson Chandler, but we think this matchup sets up nicely for New Orleans to at least cover the spread. The Pelicans, of course, will have the best player on the court in AD, and they're getting as healthy as they've ever been, with Evans and Holiday now back in fold and nearing full strength. That's important, as New Orleans would have had a lot of trouble dealing with the Bledsoe/Knight duo without their two best perimeter players available.

So, we're going to take the dogs in this spot and look for another competitive effort out of the Pelicans. They have to be feeling good after that road win over Utah, and we look for them to carry over that momentum into tonight. Take New Orleans as your NBA pick.

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