Depth And Turnovers Make Suns Favorites Over Pelicans

  • NBA betting odds indicate that the Phoenix Suns’ depth is the reason that they are the favorite against the New Orleans Hornets.
  • For the Hornets to pull off the upset they will need to force the Suns, and Chris Paul, in particular, to commit turnovers.

NEW ORLEANS – The Phoenix Suns travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans in a pivotal Game 6 matchup.

Through five games, neither team has won back-to-back games, but online sportsbooks believe the Suns take care of business and end the series tonight.

Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Phoenix Suns -2.5 (-110) -140 Over 214.5 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 (-110) 120 Under 214.5 (-110)

Phoenix’s Depth Helping Their Chances

Although there were some reports that Devin Booker may play in Game 6, the Suns deserve to be favored regardless.

In the three games that the Suns have won, they have actually had three different leading scorers. Booker has yet to lead the Suns in scoring during a win this series (he has missed Games 3-5 in his defense).

Game Highest Scorer Points
Game 1 Chris Paul 30
Game 3 Deandre Ayton 28
Game 5 Mikal Bridges 31

Online sportsbooks don’t necessarily see the trend of a different leading scorer for each Suns victory to continue, but they do buy the trend that Phoenix’s strong depth should make them the favorite to win tonight.

Forcing Turnovers Is Key To Pelicans Victory

Forcing any team led by Chris Paul to commit turnovers is a tough task, but it has proved to be absolutely vital for the Pelicans to have a chance to win this series.

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In both games the Pelicans won, the Suns committed 12 turnovers. That is not a lot of turnovers, it would have ranked second in the entire NBA this season, but it is considerably more than the 7.67 turnovers per game the Suns have committed in games the Pelicans have lost.

The Pelicans have only won the turnover battle once this series, in Game 4 when they beat the Suns 8-12, but if they can find a way to get Chris Paul to commit a few that would go a long way.

Incredibly, the most turnovers Paul has in a game this series is three. He has a grand total of six turnovers all series.

NBA bettors know the danger in betting on Chris Paul to commit turnovers, but for the Pelicans to force a Game 7 they will need Chris Paul to turn the ball over.