Suns vs. Pelicans Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 17 (Phoenix Edges NOLA in Tight Battle)

Tyler Maher
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Suns vs. Pelicans Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Footprint Center -- Phoenix, Arizona
  • Coverage: NBA TV, BSAZ, and BSNO

The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Phoenix on Saturday to face the Suns in a battle between two of the best teams in the Western Conference. The Pelicans are coming off back-to-back losses for just the second time all season, while the Suns are back home after a 1-3 road trip.

Suns vs. Pelicans Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: PHO: (-154) | NO: (+130)
  • Spread: PHO: -3 (-108) | NO: +3 (-112)
  • Total: 227.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Suns enter this conference clash as slight home favorites on both the spread and moneyline. This game also features a total of 227.5 points, which is about average compared to Saturday's totals.

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Suns vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

  • The Suns put together a 44-38-0 ATS record last year.
  • As 4-point underdogs or greater, the Pelicans went 19-21 against the spread last year.
  • The Suns and their opponents combined to go over the point total 41 out of 82 times last season.
  • The Pelicans had 33 of their 82 games hit the over last year.

Suns vs. Pelicans Prediction & Pick

The Pelicans will try to salvage their road trip after dropping the first two games to the Utah Jazz. The Suns, on the other hand, are desperately trying to get back on track after losing five of their last six.

Both teams are well-balanced. Phoenix ranks third in offensive rating and defensive rating, while New Orleans ranks sixth in offensive rating and fifth in defensive rating.

This is about as even as a matchup as you can get. The Suns are an incredible 13-3 at home this year while the Pelicans are 6-7 on the road, so I'm giving the home team the edge here.

Final Score Prediction: Suns: 114 | Pelicans: 111

Suns vs. Pelicans Best Bet

The Suns went through a rough patch while they were shorthanded but are in much better shape now heading into Saturday's game. This is shaping up to be a close game that will go down to the wire, and it could very well be decided by a single basket. Phoenix has a slight advantage at home, however, so back the Suns' moneyline.

Bet: Suns Moneyline (-154)

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.