Apr 26, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns fans celebrate a shot by Mikal Bridges against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half during game five of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
- The Suns are a two-point road favorite over the Pelicans on Thursday night in Game 6 of their Western Conference first round series
- Phoenix leads the series 3-2 and can close things out with a win
- A look at the Suns vs Pelicans odds and matchup can be found below with a prediction
The Phoenix Suns will try to move on in the NBA Playoffs when they visit the pesky New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday in Game 6 of their Western Conference first round series at the Smoothie King Center.
Top-seeded Phoenix took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series Tuesday by beating the No. 8-seeded Pelicans 112-97.
The Suns (67-20/33-10 road) have the best record in the NBA but are just 5-6 in their last 11 games. The Pelicans (40-49/21-23 home) are 4-2 in the postseason, including beating the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in the play-in tournament after going 36-46 in the regular season.
Suns vs Pelicans Odds
|Phoenix Suns||-126||-2 (-110)||Over 213.5 (-110)|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+108||+2 (-110)||Under 213.5 (-110)|
Odds as of April 27th at FanDuel
Phoenix are two-point favorites in a game that will be televised on TNT, with their implied win probability at 55.75% as -126 choices on the moneyline. Louisiana online sports bettors are hoping the home side pulls off the upset.
Suns Betting Outlook
Mikal Bridges had arguably the best game of his career in Game 5 as he finished with a season-high 31 points. He did not score more than 27 points in any game during the regular season.
A finalist for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Bridges had a career-high four blocked shots and two steals to go with five rebounds. He was also an ironman as he logged 46:54.
Mikal Bridges tonight:
MIKAL IS ELITE. 🔒⭐️ pic.twitter.com/982qrNK16f
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 27, 2022
Bridges helped pick up the scoring slack for injured Devin Booker, who missed his third-straight game with a strained right hamstring. Booker has been working out at the Suns’ practice facility and there is an outside chance he could play Thursday.
However, getting Booker back in Game 7 might be a more realistic scenario. He was eighth in the league in scoring with a 26.8 average during the regular season.
Chris Paul bounced back from a bad game with 22 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals. In Game 4, he scored four points, the lowest figure in a playoff game in his career.
The Suns shot 50.0% (43-of-86) and improved to 50-0 this season when leading after three quarters.
DeAndre Ayton added 19 points and nine rebounds. Cameron Payne chipped in with 12 points.
— Back2Back (@B2BFR) April 23, 2022
Since the NBA went to its current playoff format in 2003, just four No. 1 teams have been pushed to a seventh game in the opening round and the Suns are trying to avoid joining that club.
Phoenix is 26-17 against the spread on the road this season.
Pelicans Betting Outlook
Bridges also did a fine job guarding CJ McCollum, the Pelican’s leading scorer, in Game 5.
McCollum had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. However, he shot just 7-of-22 from the field and made only 1-of-8 three-point attempts.
Suns’ Mikal Bridges with a block on Pelicans’ CJ McCollum in the third. pic.twitter.com/ZELocJWTPm
— Patrick Breen 🌵 (@pjbreenphoto) April 27, 2022
Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 22 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. He was just 7-of -19 from the floor, though, and 1-of-5 from distance.
The Pelicans shot a miserable 20.0% (5-of-25) on threes and 40.0% (32 of 80) overall. They also had 15 turnovers that the Suns turned into 23 points.
New Orleans scored only one field goal in the last five minutes and none in the final three minutes.
Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Pelicans got 12 points off the bench from Jose Alvarado.
Jonas Valanciunas caught a fire in the fourth pic.twitter.com/Nj2un3fKrw
— 🇸🇴 (@mr2lj_) April 25, 2022
The Pelicans are 23-20-1 ATS at home.
Suns vs Pelicans Prediction
The Pelicans have nothing to lose in this situation. They were 10 games under .500 in the regular season and playing with house money certainly fits.
That’s why it feels right to give the lean to New Orleans, especially playing at home.
Pick: Pelicans +2 (-110)
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.