Suns Push Pelicans to Brink of Elimination
The New Orleans Pelicans tied their first-round playoff series with the Phoenix Suns up after a huge Game 4 victory. Some thought that Phoenix would be getting a run for their money without Devin Booker active, but they answered all of their doubters in Game 5.
Phoenix won by 15 points in a game that they never really trailed. Plus, the Suns did it all without Booker. Now, New Orleans faces an elimination game.
Will this series be over in Game 6, or can a Game 7 be forced? Let’s take a closer look at this NBA game betting preview and determine the best way to go versus the NBA odds.
Mikal Bridges Saves Suns
If you want to know who was responsible for leading this Suns team to victory, it was Mikal Bridges – without a shadow of a doubt. Bridges played 47 of 48 minutes in Game 5.
Among those minutes, he dropped 31 points, five rebounds and four blocks with only one turnover. He hit 12 out of his 17 shots from the field as well.
Chris Paul helped keep things running smoothly as well with 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. Phoenix has more than enough talent in their roster to be able to win without Booker. However, it would go a lot smoother if they had him available.
Booker isn’t expected to make it back onto the court in Game 6, but if Bridges can play like he just did then there shouldn’t be any problem.
Pelicans Couldn’t Catch Up
This is a young team that is playing on the road in a pivotal Game 6. The Pelicans fell behind early on in Game 5 and were never able to get a groove.
The team shot 40% from the field altogether and a worse 20% from the 3-point line. Obviously, that type of shooting just isn’t going to cut it if they want to force a Game 7.
Expect players like Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas to bounce back to keep this next game interesting. After all, their season is on the line here.
Suns vs Pelicans Head-to-Head
The Suns won three out of the four games against the Pelicans throughout the regular season. With Phoenix now taking a 3-2 series lead, they have been able to win six out of the nine games played.
Suns vs Pelicans Game Information
- Game: Suns (64-18) vs Pelicans (36-46)
- Location: Smoothie King, New Orleans, LA
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Suns vs Pelicans Streaming: NBA Game Pass
Suns vs Pelicans Betting Lines
Suns vs Pelicans Prediction
If we are talking about picking a straight up winner in this game, then the Suns should be the best option in the sportsbook.
The absence of Booker does raise some question marks regarding their consistency, but that Game 5 victory could give them all the momentum they need to escape this series.
Teams that fall behind 3-2 in a series have a really hard time fighting back after a crucial loss like that. Add on the fact that the Suns absolutely crushed them throughout the entire night and it makes it even harder.
With this game being a PICK on the NBA odds, go with the Suns. It’s hard to imagine them losing this game and going to seven with the Pelicans even with how good they have been playing lately.