September 19, 2022
The Pelicans will pounce

OKBET Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Playoff Game 1 Prediction. The Pelicans will pounce on the Suns’ defense.

Phoenix reached the finals last season and now the Eastern Conference winner begins their road to the playoffs with a game against New Orleans. Can the Suns get their 1st win of the series? 

Suns took care of the players at the end of the NBA season and secured a first-place finish in the Western Conference long before the end, as well as the berths of the playoffs. Devin Booker, for example, has missed two of the last five games, so it’s no wonder Phoenix lost four in six. Monty Williams’ men lost to Sacramento 109116 in the final match. Landry Shamet was the highest scorer in the game, scoring 27 points. Shamet is currently suffering from health problems, and his participation in Game 1 against New Orleans has been questioned. Dario Saric and Abdel Nader remain in the injured reserve, although they have been seldom on the floor. The Suns have a long bench and it’s possible to replace the missing players.

The Pelicans began the current season with 12 losses in 13 games, but the team overcame this setback and advanced to the playoffs. C.J. has been a key contributor to their success. McCollum has averaged 24.4 points and 5.8 assists since being traded to New Orleans. Despite the contributions of Jonas Valanciunas and Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson spent the entire championship doing nothing but sitting on the bench. Zion is still in the hospital and will most likely miss the playoffs. Kira Lewis Jr. is also out, but Larry Nance Jr.’s return near the end of the season added depth to the New Orleans roster. The Pelicans will pounce on the Suns’ defense.

Willie Green’s team defeated San Antonio (113-103) and the Clippers in the play-in game (105-101). New Orleans fumbled in the third quarter against Los Angeles, blowing a large lead. In total, the team made only six three-pointers, four of which came in the final 12 minutes. C.J. This time, he was abysmal, hitting only 9 of 24 shots from the field. Brandon Ingram, who scored 30 points, was the game’s big man.

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Last game, New Orleans struggled with trebles, and it will be even more difficult against Phoenix. The Suns have one of the best arc defenses in the league, and they will not let C.J. McCollum takes a step back. The home team has had time to rest, whereas the Pelicans have recently played two consecutive games. The visitors were poor defensively at the end of the regular season, and keeping Chris Paul and company will be much more difficult than keeping Paul George and the Clippers. I recommend placing a bet on the following outcomes:

  • 1.91 Phoenix Handicap (-10.5)
  • 1.88 for a total of 223.5;
  • C.J. McCollum: Under 24.5 points for a 1.82.

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