Jeff Hornacek’s club takes the floor at US Airways Center for Sunday’s NBA betting, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Let's break down the NBA odds.
The Phoenix Suns have reeled off a 5-0-1 spread record through their first six contests, while putting up 104.7 PPG in the span’s latest three affairs.
Suns, Morris top Nuggets
Phoenix began its two-game homestand with Friday’s 114-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets, collecting as a 1 ½-point favorite. The Suns shot 48.2 percent from the field, including a sizable 9-for-20 mark beyond the arc.
Suns forward Markieff Morris came off the bench for a second straight double-double, notching 28 points and 10 boards. Phoenix’ Eric Bledsoe and Miles Plumlee united for 35 points, while adding nine assists and 11 rebounds, respectively.
Phoenix held the Nuggets to 16 points in the fourth quarter, while outscoring Denver in fast breaks, 37-32. The battle’s combined 217 points jumped above its ‘total’ of 199 ½, lifting the OVER to 3-1 in the Suns’ last four games.
Pelicans, Davis edge Lakers
New Orleans logged its second straight win on the same night, notching a 96-85 triumph against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pelicans pulled away with a 19-8 run in the contest’s final six minutes, cashing as a nine-point home favorite.
New Orleans’ Anthony Davis piled in a season-high 32 points, connecting from the field at a 12-for-18 clip. The second-year forward added 12 boards and six blocks, leading the Pelicans to outrebound Los Angeles by a 50-48 margin.
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday came away with 13 assists and four of his side’s 10 steals, while the duel’s combined 181 points plunged UNDER the ‘total’ of 203 ½. New Orleans sank 17-of-22 free throws, while holding the Lakers to a 38.8 percent night of floor shooting.
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Back the Suns as home dogs
New Orleans opened as a two-point road favorite at Ladbrokes, while the ‘total’ was first posted at 195. The matchup’s initial betting on Phoenix and the UNDER drop the numbers to 1 ½ and 194 ½.
I am taking the points with Phoenix as part of Sunday’s sport picks, tailing the early ‘steam.’
Phoenix topped the Pelicans in last week’s 104-98 victory as a 9 ½-point road dog, recovering from an early 14-point deficit. Eric Bledsoe had one of his season’s best outings, knocking down 10-of-12 from the floor en route to 25 points.
New Orleans has split its first two road affairs, including a 110-90 loss as four-point ‘chalk’ against the Orlando Magic. The Pelicans have gone 3-11 ATS in their last 14 matchups away from home, while overvalued with a 1-6 spread record in their last seven spots that followed double-digit wins.
The Suns cashed as home dogs in their season-opener against the Portland Trail Blazers, cruising to a 104-91 victory. Bledsoe and Co. have given up a tight 92.7 PPG on their floor, while ranking seventh in the league overall in field shooting allowed (42.8 percent).
Look for Phoenix to pick up another cashed ticket here in an undervalued spot, getting points from NBA odds makers when they should be a short ‘fave’ instead.
NBA Picks: Phoenix Suns +1 ½ at Ladbrokes