10:10 pm
November 2

Pelicans @ Suns

Who will WIN this matchup?

New Orleans Pelicans (1-6)

@ Phoenix Suns (2-3)


Current odds:

New Orleans Pelicans: (+400)

Phoenix Suns: (-500)


The line for this game is Suns by 10 points.

Willie Green’s contributions to the Phoenix Suns’ Western Conference championship last season were a big factor in him being hired as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. Green’s old team and his new one will meet for the first time Tuesday night in Phoenix. The Pelicans have won just once in seven games this season, but three losses on the homestand that concluded Saturday were only by a combined 13 points.

New Orleans hasn’t had Zion Williamson, who remains sidelined indefinitely due to offseason foot surgery. Brandon Ingram joined him on the sideline because of a hip contusion as the Pelicans lost to the New York Knicks 123-117 on Saturday. Ingram’s status for Tuesday is uncertain. Ingram was downgraded to doubtful early Tuesday evening.

The Suns haven’t looked exactly like the team that took Milwaukee to six games before losing in the NBA Finals to Milwaukee as Green assisted head coach Monty Williams. But they’re coming off one of their better performances of the young season — a 101-92 home victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Phoenix trailed by 14 points midway through the second quarter but ended the first half with a 19-2 spurt that became a 50-12 run that produced a 24-point lead late in the third quarter.

The decisive run was fueled by the Suns’ fast break and helped them end a two-game losing streak.

Deandre Ayton added 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 12 rebounds before the leaving the game in the second half with a right-leg contusion that didn’t appear serious. Chris Paul had 16 points and 10 assists.

The Suns missed their first nine 3-pointers and finished 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) from beyond the arc, but they helped make up for that by forcing 19 Cleveland turnovers.

StreakSmarter Pick
Phoenix Suns