new orleans pelicans vs phoenix suns predictions and preview

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NBA new orleans pelicans vs phoenix suns predictions and preview


 

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The Phoenix Suns head back to New Orleans to play the Pelicans in Game 6 as they look to close out the series on Thursday. Phoenix (3-2) was expected to win this series with ease but an injury to Devin Booker has made it much more difficult. New Orleans (2-3) is looking to extend the series and force a Game 7. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EDT.

 

Suns Hope To Close Out Series

Phoenix was projected to win this series in five, but Devin Booker's injury and New Orleans playing better than expected has brought this to Game 6. The Suns led by 12 after the first quarter and won held onto the lead the rest of the way to pick up the big win. In the game, they were led by Mikal Bridges who dropped 31 points while Chris Paul had a double-double with 22 points and 11 assists. Deandre Ayton also chipped in with 19 and off the bench Cam Payne had 13.

 

The Suns were phenomenal on the road this season as they went 32-9 and against the Western Conference, they went 39-13. So far in this series, they are shooting 50.9% from the field and 30.8% from the field compared to 48.5% from the field and 36.4% from three in the regular season. They were led by Booker who averaged 26.8 PPG while Ayton averaged 17.2 and Paul chipped in with 14.7 points. In the series, they have been led by Booker who was averaging 28 PPG before his injury while Paul and Ayton are averaging 20.2 and Bridges is chipping in with 17.2.

Booker's status is up in the air heading into game 6 as reports out of Phoenix suggesting he may give it a go. Be advised that, even if he plays, his minutes will certainly be limited.

 

Pelicans Looking To Extend Series At Home

New Orleans had dragged this series longer than many expected and now at home, they can head back to Phoenix on Saturday in a do-or-die Game 7. In Game 5, they were slow out of the gate and that cost them any shot of winning it. However, they did get solid performances from Brandon Ingram who dropped 22, CJ McCollum had 21 and Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

 

The Pelicans went 1-3 against the Suns in the regular season and were blown out in all three losses but in the playoffs, without Booker, they have made it closer. New Orleans also went 19-22 at home this year, compared to just 17-24 on the road. In the series, the Pelicans have been led by Ingram who's averaging 28.2 PPG while McCollum is averaging 23.4 and Valanciunas is chipping in with 15.4. They are also shooting just 45.4% from the field and 35.8% from three compared to 45.7% from the field and 33.2% from three during the regular season.

New Orleans will be without Zion Williamson and Kira Lewis Jr.





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