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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 4/9/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore




PHOENIX (46 - 31) at NEW ORLEANS (32 - 45)
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Wednesday, 4/9/2014 8:05 PM
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games46-31+18.150-2636-37105.753.846.3%51.4102.852.045.5%51.1
Road Games20-17+14.527-1015-21102.652.044.8%51.5102.752.145.6%52.2
Last 5 Games3-2-1.83-22-3110.056.045.2%55.0104.653.646.1%48.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.753.839-8446.3%9-2537.3%19-2575.8%511119228155
vs opponents surrendering101.150.638-8345.4%8-2135.9%18-2475.5%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)102.652.038-8444.8%9-2635.5%18-2476.2%521120228154
Stats Against (All Games)102.852.038-8345.5%7-2033.7%20-2676.7%511120227154
vs opponents averaging101.350.738-8345.4%8-2236.0%18-2475.6%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.752.138-8445.6%6-1932.7%20-2676.6%521122217154

NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-45-13.232-4041-3599.848.745.9%49.4102.549.846.5%50.2
Home Games20-18-2.818-1822-15101.451.546.4%50.2100.450.345.5%50.0
Last 5 Games0-5-51-43-294.848.644.8%45.8107.053.450.1%49.6
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)99.848.738-8245.9%6-1637.0%18-2477.0%491221238136
vs opponents surrendering10150.638-8345.4%8-2135.9%18-2375.7%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)101.451.538-8246.4%6-1638.3%19-2477.8%501222228138
Stats Against (All Games)102.549.837-8046.5%8-2235.5%20-2775.1%501122207146
vs opponents averaging101.350.738-8345.5%8-2236.1%18-2475.6%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.450.337-8145.5%8-2235.9%19-2674.0%501022207136
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 96.2,  NEW ORLEANS 96.1
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/28/2014NEW ORLEANS116-104W-7W202O40-7454.1%411442-7853.8%3711
3/4/2014LA CLIPPERS96-104L4.5L218.5U39-8645.3%541840-7851.3%4515
3/6/2014OKLAHOMA CITY128-122W6W217O42-8052.5%531445-9050.0%409
3/9/2014@ GOLDEN STATE107-113L9.5W211O36-7548.0%491945-8552.9%4112
3/10/2014@ LA CLIPPERS105-112L10.5W217.5U39-8545.9%451643-7855.1%5421
3/14/2014@ BOSTON87-80W-4.5W208U34-8042.5%551629-9430.9%6414
3/16/2014@ TORONTO121-113W4W203.5O38-7550.7%532142-8549.4%3411
3/17/2014@ BROOKLYN95-108L3.5L208U37-8046.2%531641-7058.6%4216
3/23/2014@ MINNESOTA127-120W2W218O46-8057.5%531940-9144.0%4312
3/24/2014@ ATLANTA102-95W-2.5W213.5U38-7451.4%431830-7241.7%4317
3/26/2014@ WASHINGTON99-93W-1.5W209.5U37-7549.3%441937-8145.7%4714
3/28/2014NEW YORK112-88W-6.5W208U40-8845.5%641235-8740.2%4711
3/30/2014@ LA LAKERS99-115L-9L224U35-9138.5%571344-8353.0%4713
4/2/2014LA CLIPPERS108-112L-2.5L212.5O36-7846.2%451437-7946.8%4713
4/4/2014@ PORTLAND109-93W4.5W212U39-9740.2%661235-8143.2%5415
4/6/2014OKLAHOMA CITY122-115W3W211O45-7758.4%431240-8447.6%4912
4/9/2014@ NEW ORLEANS              
4/11/2014@ SAN ANTONIO              
4/12/2014@ DALLAS              
4/16/2014@ SACRAMENTO              

NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/28/2014@ PHOENIX104-116L7L202O42-7853.8%371140-7454.1%4114
3/1/2014@ LA CLIPPERS76-108L11L209.5U28-8532.9%552038-8146.9%5611
3/3/2014@ SACRAMENTO89-96L4.5L204U32-7542.7%39932-6847.1%5918
3/4/2014@ LA LAKERS132-125W3W212O46-7759.7%471546-8554.1%3814
3/21/2014@ ATLANTA111-105W5W203O36-7051.4%531538-8544.7%4216
3/26/2014LA CLIPPERS98-96W7.5W206.5U38-9042.2%641133-8041.2%5212
3/29/2014@ SAN ANTONIO80-96L14.5L202U32-8139.5%491137-7847.4%5113
4/2/2014@ DENVER107-137L4L209O35-7447.3%521652-9256.5%4411
4/4/2014@ UTAH96-100L2L194.5O34-7346.6%461433-6451.6%3817
4/6/2014@ PORTLAND94-100L9.5W205.5U38-9042.2%471041-8747.1%5714
4/11/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
4/12/2014@ HOUSTON              
4/14/2014OKLAHOMA CITY              
PHOENIX: GUARDS: ERIC BLEDSOE immediately becomes the Suns' best player. He dominated for stretches while backing up Chris Paul . . . GORAN DRAGIC and Bledsoe will play together since they're the two best players on this team. Dragic also has enough size to match up with most twos . . . After a disappointing stint as a starter, SHANNON BROWN will return to the second unit . . . KENDALL MARSHALL doesn't fit new coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo style. The Suns will move him if they can . . . ARCHIE GOODWIN looked lost at times at Kentucky, but his ability to get to the line bodes well for his NBA future . . . GERALD GREEN is the kind of athlete who could make an impact on an up-tempo second unit . . . MALCOLM LEE is here in case Marshall is dealt. FORWARDS: MARKIEFF MORRIS has some upside as a skilled stretch four. He's shown flashes over his first two seasons, and playing in Honracek's up-tempo system should only help him take the next step forward . . . MARCUS MORRIS is still a man without a position, a tweener in a bad way. The Suns will try to make him into an effective second-unit guy . . . CHANNING FRYE missed all of last season with a heart ailment, and the Suns don't seem to be expecting to get anything from him this season.CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT will keep the seat warm for Alex Len. He doesn't fit this up-and-down offense . . . ALEX LEN must become more assertive and the bust factor is high, but 7-footers with his mobility and touch don't come around often . . . MILES PLUMLEE could get minutes as a defensive specialist after making just 5-of-21 FG as a rookie.
NEW ORLEANS: GUARDS: JRUE HOLIDAY is perfect for head coach Monty Williams. He defends and can create in the half-court set . . . ERIC GORDON didn't want New Orleans to match his deal two offseasons ago, and he spent last year letting everyone know it. If healthy and motivated (two big 'ifs') he's a 20-point scorer . . . TYREKE EVANS will get some starts at the three and come off the bench at times. Either way, he is the kind of aggressive (if sometimes out-of- control) offensive threat this lineup needs . . . Even after an injury-filled season, ANTHONY MORROW's shooting could earn him a rotation spot . . . AUSTIN RIVERS was overmatched last season, to the point where he didn't seem to belong in the NBA. It's tough to see the win-now Pels relying on him often. FORWARDS: ANTHONY DAVIS was overwhelmed by Williams' complex defensive schemes, and opponents consistently took him out of plays with screen-and-rolls at him. Williams will surely use some of his new talent to allow Davis to roam more on defense . . . RYAN ANDERSON's defensive shortcomings could lead to a drop in playing time, but his shooting and the spacing it creates is too valuable to this offense . . . AL-FAROUQ AMINU will likely split time with Tyreke Evans at the three. He's more valuable defensively, and is starting to show some signs of improvement on offense . . . DARIUS MILLER has a shot to break into the rotation if his defense improves . . . LANCE THOMAS is a long athlete who is capable of playing some good defensive minutes . . . ARINZE ONUAKU most likely won't see the floor for more than a minute at a time. CENTERS: JASON SMITH might be their most complete defensive big man, and that should be enough to earn him solid minutes . . . GREG STIEMSMA is more off a warm body, but he at least gives them another rim-protecting option . . . JEFF WITHEY will spend most of the season on the bench learning Williams' complex schemes.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (PHOENIX-NEW ORLEANS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(ADDS Gordon likely out for season)

*Suns-Pelicans Preview* =======================


Phoenix (46-31) at New Orleans (32-45), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The guard trio of Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green has lifted the Phoenix Suns into playoff position. The margin for error in the final five games is very thin, however, and they'll mostly be away from home.

That includes a three-game trip which has two tough matchups in Texas, so that seems to make Wednesday night's opener against the struggling New Orleans Pelicans a potential win that Phoenix can't afford to blow.

"It's all or nothing right now," Green said. "We don't have a month left to try and make up. We only got a few more games, so it's win or go home for us."

Green keyed two impressive performances over the weekend against playoff-bound teams. He had 32 points in Friday's 109-93 win at Portland, then scored 24 in a 122-115 victory over Northwest Division champion Oklahoma City on Sunday.

"It's a big win for us," Dragic said. "We're a step closer, but we're still a long way from our goal."

Dragic was in a 15-of-49 shooting slump (30.6 percent) after missing all three of his attempts in the first quarter, but hit 11 of 16 the rest of the way to finish with 26 points. The Suns (46-31) shot a season-best 58.4 percent.

Phoenix, which also beat the Thunder last month, has won eight of 10.

"We feel like every game we play we can win, throughout the league," said P.J. Tucker, who scored 11 of his career-best 22 points in the fourth quarter. "We have confidence that we can play with anybody in the league."

They'll play the NBA's best Friday with a game at San Antonio, then visit Dallas the next night in a matchup of teams battling for one of the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. Phoenix is a game ahead of ninth-place Memphis, which hosts Miami on Wednesday. The Suns' only remaining home game is Monday against the Grizzlies, who have clinched that season series tiebreaker.

Having Bledsoe back in action has keyed the playoff push. The Suns are 22-2 when he has more than 15 points, including 8-0 since his return from knee surgery March 12. Bledsoe had a career-high 30 points Friday and 18 on Sunday.

He totaled 49 points on 17-of-23 shooting in two wins over New Orleans in November, then missed the most recent matchup Feb. 28 as Dragic scored a career-high 40 in a 116-104 victory.

That leaves Phoenix in position to sweep this season series for the first time since 2006-07 even though the Pelicans (32-45) had a healthy Anthony Davis for all three meetings. He scored 32 in the last one and had double-doubles in the first two, but it's unclear how much he'll play Wednesday - if at all - due to back spasms.

"He doesn't want to let anybody down, but if he doesn't start to look better in the next couple of days, we have to make a decision on going forward," coach Monty Williams said after Sunday's 100-94 loss at Portland.

Davis had 11 points in the first quarter but only four after that and finished 6 of 18 from the field. He wasn't able to finish either of the previous two games.

"As a leader of the team, I want to be on the floor and try to win every game no matter if we're going to the playoffs or not," Davis said.

The Pelicans definitely are not, having lost five straight to fall deeper into the Southwest basement. However, they can be tough to beat in New Orleans, having defeated Miami, Brooklyn and the Clippers there last month.

Williams said Tuesday he doesn't expect Eric Gordon, out since March 21 due to knee tendinitis, to play again this season. Gordon has averaged 15.4 points in 64 games.

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