Suns vs Pelicans Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 9 (Both Teams Score Early & Often)

Devon Platana
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. / AP Photos/Ross D. Franklin

Suns vs Pelicans Game Info

  • Date: Friday, December 9, 2022
  • Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Coverage: NBA League Pass, Bally Sports New Orleans

The 2022-23 NBA season rolls on with 10 matchups slated for Friday, Dec. 9, including a Western Conference showdown between the Phoenix Suns (16-9) and New Orleans Pelicans (16-8).

Although the Suns are one of the best teams in the league, Wednesday's 125-98 loss to the Boston Celtics marked their third defeat in the last four outings. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are trending in the opposite direction, extending their win streak to five games with a 104-98 effort against the Detroit Pistons two nights ago.

Can the Suns finally break out of their funk with a strong showing on the road? Or will the Pelicans find a way to extend their winning ways for at least one more game?

Suns vs Pelicans Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: PHO: (-124) | NOP: (+106)
  • Spread: PHO: -1.5 (-112) | NOP: +1.5 (-108)
  • Total: 228 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Suns enter this contest as slight road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 228 points, which is above average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Suns vs Pelicans Betting Trends

  • Phoenix is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games against the Pelicans.
  • New Orleans is 8-1 straight up in its last nine home games.
  • The total has hit the over in four of Phoenix's last six games.
  • The total has hit the over in each of New Orleans' last five home games against Phoenix.

Suns vs Pelicans Prediction & Pick

This is already the second matchup of the season between the Suns and Pelicans. The two foes clashed back on Oct. 28 in a high-scoring affair, ending with a 124-111 victory for Phoenix thanks to Mikal Bridges dropping a game-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting (76.9%).

Although the Suns haven't played well lately, they seem to love a trip to "The Big Easy." Phoenix has won seven of its last nine games in New Orleans, picking up those victories by an average margin of 9.3 points. Furthermore, the Suns have also won three straight games against the Pelicans regardless of location.

With the Suns being better than their recent record implies, I predict that they'll put an end to the Pelicans' winning ways tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Suns: 119 | Pelicans: 116

Suns vs Pelicans Best Bet

Whenever the Suns and Pelicans meet, chances are a lot of points are right around the corner. The total has hit the over in seven of the last 10 games between the two teams, as well as in each of the last five games they've played in New Orleans.

After the Suns and Pelicans combined for 235 points in October, I don't see why they can't do it again.

Bet: Over 228 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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