New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns will face each other in Sunday’s NBA action in Game 4 of the playoffs. The hosts will search for a win that could help them level up the result in the series. The away side hopes for another success on the road to get just one win away from the quarter-finals.
New Orleans failed to capitalize on playing on the home court, and they missed the chance to take the lead in the tie. Nevertheless, they look forward to bouncing back and returning to Phoenix with two wins. On the other hand, Phoenix managed to grab back the home advantage, and they want to build up on that performance. The visitors want to continue in the same fashion and return home with a 3-1 lead.
New Orleans Pelicans – Can they beat the rivals on the home court?
The Pelicans missed the chance to take advantage of their away victory in Game 2, and they failed to a narrow 114-111 defeat. They couldn’t turn around the result after a poor performance in the second quarter, despite getting back in the game. Although they had ten rebounds more than their rivals and a solid 48.2 field goal percentage, those numbers were not enough to celebrate a win in Game 3. A high number of turnovers cost them success in that match, and New Orleans will try to limit that number in the upcoming one.
Brandon Ingram has been the most efficient player for the Pelicans in the post-season, contributing with 29.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and five assists per match. CJ McCollum has also been pretty productive with 26 pts, a team-high 7.3 assists, 6.7 rebs, and one steal per contest. Jonas Valanciunas controls the paint with 16.3 rebounds and scores 11.3 points, while Herbert Jones is another player with a double-digit number of points with 10.3. New Orleans won’t have any selection issues ahead of this game, and they can count on a complete roster.
Expected Line-Up: CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram, Herbert Jones, Herbert Jones, Jonas Valanciunas
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Phoenix Suns – Will they book another win on the road?
The Suns bounced back after a surprising defeat on the home ground to regain the advantage in this series. Although the game was very tight, the visitors had stronger nerves to snatch a road victory. However, Phoenix had a very poor 15.4 percentage from the three-pointer area, but they eventually managed to score 50.6% of their field goal shots. Also, the Suns kept their number of turnovers to only six, which might be a key parameter for their success.
Devin Booker has led the Suns’ offense in the playoffs with 28 points per game, followed by 4.5 assists and three rebounds. Chris Paul averages 25 points and tops the assists charts with 12.7 per contest. Deandre Ayton uses his strength to dominate the paint with 11.7 rebounds while producing 19.7 points per match. Mikal Bridges contributes with 15.7 pts, while JaVale McGee and Cameron Johnson are averaging 10.3 points per game each. Devin Booker wasn’t available for the previous match, and he will miss out on this one as well.
Expected Line-Up: Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
Expert Pick #1 – Phoenix Suns -2 @-110
Although they cannot count on their most productive player in this game as well, I still believe that the Suns can return home with a win. It should be another close match, however, the visitors should snatch a victory and cover the number. Therefore, I’ll take them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 215 @-110
The previous two games between these two teams went over the margin, and I expect another efficient performance. Since the margin here is not set too high, there should not be many troubles for these two sides to score more than 215 points. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Phoenix Suns Over 108.5 @-115
Although they will miss Devin Booker, Phoenix has a capable roster that can drive them to another success. Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton should lead them in the offense, and I see them scoring more than 108 pts in this one. The odds are not as high as in the first two picks, but I will take this one as my second alternative for this matchup.