Phoenix Responds Like Champions
The Phoenix Suns showed why they are the defending Western Conference Champions with a grueling Game 3 win on the road to reclaim home-court advantage in this series.
The Suns were without Devin Booker, but were again led by the experience and poise of Chris Paul down the stretch as they secured an important 114-111 win on the road.
Suns Get Contributions Across the Board
Everyone knew it would be Chris Paul who would take center stage when it mattered most, but the team needed contributions from other sources to help them navigate Game 3 without their top-scorer and that’s exactly what they got.
Deandre Ayton had his most impactful game of the series finishing with 28 points and 17 rebounds, while JaVale McGee added 15 points in 12 minutes off the bench. The pair were two of the five Suns’ to finish in double-digits.
“It’s a big win for us,” Paul said. “We knew it was going to be by committee. When you come into this arena, we knew it would be tough, but everybody just pitched in tonight.”
The team also showed a collective effort in committing to better defensive executions down the stretch, not allowing easy penetrations and keeping tight to perimeter threats.
The Pelicans recorded one offensive rebound in the second half, which played a huge part in minimizing the threat New Orleans had on the offensive end by preventing those second-chance opportunities.
Pelicans Need To Show Maturity
Jaxson Hayes’ ejection played a big role in swinging momentum toward Phoenix in Game 3 and those lapses against an elite team can ultimately be the difference in winning and losing games in the playoffs.
Willie Green has done a tremendous job in his first season as head coach of New Orleans but now is when we see how far he has come in readying this team for a playoff series.
Monty Williams did his part in making adjustments that ensured his team tagged their men on defense and didn’t allow the second chance opportunities to present themselves as they had in the previous games.
Next up for Green is to find a way to keep his offense ticking and maximize their possessions without needing to rely on the inside presence of Jonas Valanciunas and Larry Nance Jr to provide extra possessions.
Getting his players to play hard while maintaining a level of calm is a difficult tightrope at times but it’s one Green needs to figure out if his team are to level this series up before it heads back to Phoenix.
Suns vs Pelicans Head-to-Head
Phoenix covered as -2.0 point favorites in Game 3 and is currently sitting as 2½ point favorites ahead of Game 4.
The Suns are now 2-1 against-the-spread (ATS) in this series.
Suns vs Pelicans Game Information
- Game: New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) v Phoenix Suns (64-18)
- Location: Smoothie King Center
- Day/Time: Sunday, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
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Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction
The Suns showed their mettle in that Game 3 win, but replicating that on the road while missing your top scorer is no easy feat.
The Pelicans still have the size and length to make life difficult for the Suns and if they can do a better job of maintaining their calm throughout the contest they’ll give themselves every chance of evening this series.
The Suns’ defense has been better than the numbers might have you believe so far this series and they’ll again make things difficult for New Orleans as the game progresses. If they can find a way to again be dominant on the defensive glass they will be allowed to dictate the pace & tempo of this game.
If you’re looking to bet online tonight, jump on the Unders in a game that figures to be tight and tense throughout.