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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives as New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes (10) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

SUNS VS. PELICANS MARCH 15

Kyle Barrette

We head west for today’s top play. Both teams come into this game coming off of blowout victories. The Pelicans handled the Rockets, winning by 25. The Suns beat up on the Lakers, winning by 29. Both teams have been battling injuries to key players. The Pelicans are fighting to secure the last spot in the playoff tournament, and the Suns have already clinched a playoff spot. So who has the edge in this one? Let’s break it down.

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Pelicans:
A much needed win for the Pelicans came at the Rockets’ expense on Sunday night. New Orleans had been struggling with CJ McCollum and Ingram out of the lineup. The news could not have come at a better time for the Pelicans. The scoring needs to come from somewhere against a Suns team that defends well and puts up a ton of points. Ingram is still listed as out for this matchup, which will put pressure on McCollum to go shot for shot with the likes of Devon Booker, a tall task for a guy in his first game back from injury. The defense has to figure out how to stop some of these high-powered offenses. The last three top-10 offenses they faced were all able to score 130+. You don’t see teams scoring 130+ on the Suns, so that means it’s time for the Pelicans’ defense to step it up.

Suns:
Chris Paul is the big name that is still out. Paul is nearing a return in about two weeks and should be ready to go before the season comes to a close. The Suns are the only team to have already clinched a playoff berth, but make no mistake, these guys want to feel good heading into the playoffs. Given how they came up just short in last year’s finals and how they have been the best team all season, anything short of a title is a disappointment. The last five games for the Suns have been a little bumpy, with the buzzer beater over the Knicks, then the collapse against the Bucks, followed by a narrow win against the Magic, a blowout win over the Heat, a loss to the Raptors, and finally a blowout win over the Lakers. What’s next? A cover on the road seems likely as the Suns are 19-12 ATS on the road.

Suns vs Pelicans pick: Suns -5.5
McCollum won’t be able to keep up with the scoring of this Suns offense. The Pelicans’ defense has shown they will fold against top-ranked offenses, and that’s exactly what we have here. Look for the Suns to put up big numbers and the Pelicans to fall far behind by the game’s end. Take the Suns at -5.5.

Same Game Parlay:
Suns -5.5, Deandre Ayton First Basket, Cameron Payne Over 16.5 Pts, Mikal Bridges Over 2.5 Assists, Suns to win by 1-10 Pts and Suns Over 117.5 Team Points.

SGP Odds +14195

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