A pair of familiar rivals face off on Saturday, March 16 as the Pelicans (30-40, 18-15 home) host the Suns (16-53, 6-29 away) at 7:00 p.m. EST at Smoothie King Center.
These two clubs have met two times in 2018-19, with the Suns failing to pick up a win. The last time they clashed on March 2nd, 2019, New Orleans won 130-116 behind 22 points from Julius Randle.
The Pelicans began the day as 1.0-point favorites for this game, with a projected point total of 233. Visit one of our most trusted sportsbooks to make a wager today. Phoenix is 31-38-0 against the spread this season and 30-39-0 over/under. New Orleans, meanwhile, is 33-36-1 ATS and 38-32-0 over/under.
Phoenix enters the game ranked 29th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 115.9 points per contest and are holding opponents to 47.0% from the floor and 37.0% from downtown. Offensively, they’re averaging 106.8 points and are 30th in rebounds and 18th in assists.
On the flip side, New Orleans ranks ninth in offensive rating. The Pelicans are averaging 115.6 points per game on 44.0% shooting and are fifth in rebounds and fourth in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 115.6 points per game and are fifth in field goals allowed and 20th in three-pointers allowed.
Both teams have been active lately. The Pelicans are coming off of a 130-113 loss vs the Bucks in Milwaukee in which they were 10 for 47 from deep and won the war on the glass 60-59.
The Suns, meanwhile, are fresh off a 97-114 loss against the Jazz in Phoenix in which they dished out 21 dimes and had eight steals. Devin Booker torched the Jazz for 27 points.
All told, the Suns have won five of their previous ten games and are 15th in the Western Conference, while the Pelicans have lost six of their previous ten and are 12th in the Western Conference.