NBA Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans – 19h00 04/26/2022 [PT]: Seismic reappearance.
The earthquake took place on Smoothie King Center, when Phoenix Suns were defeated by New Orleans Pelicans in game 4 and brought the score of BO7 to 2-2 balance. In a day when Chris Paul was unable to replace Booker as before, Ayton alone was not enough to bring Phoenix to widen the gap of this matchup. The situation is very serious for the Suns when the possibility of Devin Booker’s return in game 5 is still a question mark.
Game 4 ended with the final score of 118-103, when the Arizona Sun could not shine at Smoothie King as expected. Ayton and his teammates committed 28 personal errors and 3 technical errors. The breakthrough ability of Valanciunas, Ingram and CJ really became a dilemma for the Suns’ defense. The difference in this game only comes from the free throws, the Pelicans had a success rate of 76.2% throws and 32 points. The success or failure of Chris Paul and his teammates may depend on the return of Devin Booker.
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Handicap
- Quarter 1: Phoenix Suns
- Quarter 2: Phoenix Suns
- Quarter 3: New Orleans Pelicans
- Quarter 4: New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans have always been rated higher than Phoenix Suns in recent seasons, they won 6 of the last 10 encounters. In this season, the Arizona Sun has defeated this opponent in 5 of 8 encounters including the Playoffs. The current situation is really a big surprise to the fans, when the Pelicans took advantage of the opponent’s weaknesses. Brandon Ingram played the main role in the attack of Pelicans with 30 points in the last match. Side by side with him are Valanciunas and CJ McCollum with a stable score. The psychological advantage is still in favor of the Pelicans before the next match. If it continues to make the opponent difficult in the inner circle like in the last game 4, the Pelicans have the opportunity to create the biggest surprise of the first round of the Playoffs.
What the Suns need right now is a replacement scorer for Booker. Cameron Johnson used to be the right man at the end of the regular season, the talent of this player is big enough. Pelicans can still make a splash in the next game, with a win in game 5.
Everything deteriorated with the Suns’ attack after Booker’s injury in game 2. Their average score in the last 2 games was only 107 and showed no signs of optimism when Paul was underpowered in the last match. The upcoming match may again turn to the Over, with a high score for the away team.
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans final score prediction & odds
- Quarter 1: Phoenix Suns 33 – 25 New Orleans Pelicans
- Quarter 2: Phoenix Suns 31 – 28 New Orleans Pelicans
- Quarter 3: Phoenix Suns 27 – 36 New Orleans Pelicans
- Quarter 4: Phoenix Suns 24 – 28 New Orleans Pelicans
- Halftime: Phoenix Suns 64 – 53 New Orleans Pelicans ( O )
- Fulltime: Phoenix Suns 115 – 117 New Orleans Pelicans ( O )
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans cluster table
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans lineup prediction
Phoenix Suns: Johnson, Bridges, Ayton, Paul, Crowder.
New Orleans Pelicans: Hayes, McCollum, Valanciunas, Ingram, Jones.
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Recent Performance
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Head to Head History