New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns
Game: New Orleans - Phoenix
Bet: Brandon Ingram over 23.5
Pelicans are hosting Suns on Thursday.
It's a new era in New Orleans this season. Longtime franchise cornerstone Davis has left the city but an even more exciting prospect arrived. Most hyped prospect since LeBron James, Zion Williamson is now a Pelican. Beside Williamson, lots of other good players arrived via trades and free agency like Ball, Redick, Hart, Favors and especially Ingram. The preseason was all about Zion. But reports out of camp were that Ingram is the one standing out. Then Zion got hurt before the season even began and it was Ingrams chance to shine.
Ingram was selected 2nd overall by the Lakers in 2016 draft. He needed couple seasons to acclimate and last year was supposed to be his breakout season. In a way it kind of was, but was overshadowed by the signing of LeBron James. Ingram couldn't figure out how to play besides LeBron, but when LeBron got hurt he averaged over 25 ppg before a season ending injury. Then in the summer he was part of a trade for Anthony Davis. This year he got a fresh start in New Orleans and he grabbed his chance with both hands. Much like what we saw in the case of D'Angelo Russell a year before, when given the chance Ingram was able to shine. He is averaging 25.4 ppg. He is the clear leader on offense and coach Gentry is giving him all the freedom he needs to succeed. Pelicans as a whole are playing very fast paced attacking minded basketball. They rank 5th in pace and 8th in points scored per game. When they faced Phoenix two weeks ago the result was 124-121 and Ingram scored 28 points.
Phoenix, on the other hand, has a talented young team. They started this season above expectations and playing really well despite missing last years 1st overall pick Ayton. But in the last 10 games they came back down to earth winning just 3 games in the process. They are also in the top half in terms of pace and points allowed per game (both ranked 11th).
Overall I expect a high scoring game and given how Ingram is the first attacking option for the Pelicans I believe he will surpass the suggested line.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns prediction
Brandon Ingram over 23.5Odds: 1.76 at Bet365
Result: 21 LOST (-8 units)
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