The Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans begin a best-of-seven series with a Game 1 matchup on Sunday night. New Orleans rolls into this matchup with momentum, winning both play-in games, including a 105-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Meanwhile, Phoenix was dominant all season and recorded a franchise record of 64 wins. 

Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m. ET at the Footprint Center. Phoenix is favored by 10-points in the latest Pelicans vs. Suns odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 224. Before making any Suns vs. Pelicans picks, be sure to see the NBA playoff 2022 predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.

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Now, the model has set its sights on Pelicans vs. Suns, and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Suns vs. Pelicans:

  • Pelicans vs. Suns spread: Phoenix -10
  • Pelicans vs. Suns over-under: 224 points
  • Pelicans vs. Suns money line: New Orleans +450, Phoenix -650
  • NO: The Pelicans are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games
  • PHO: The Suns are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games playing on three or more days rest
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Why the Suns can cover

Guard Chris Paul is a veteran presence on the court for the Suns. Paul is an elite all-around point guard who is selfless and creative as a passer. The 12-time All-Star is also money from mid-range. Paul averaged 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 10.8 assists per game. The savvy guard finished with 16 points and 16 assists in his last contest. 

Forward Mikal Bridges is a shutdown defender who can guard any position 1-4. Bridges has great length with elite footwork to swarm opposing players. The 2018 first-round pick is an athletic, high-flying slasher who developed a reliable jumper. Bridges averaged 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and shoots 37 percent from three. On April 8, he logged 18 points and four rebounds. 

Why the Pelicans can cover

Forward Brandon Ingram is an agile and instinctive scorer in the front court for New Orleans. Ingram can get a bucket at three levels with a smooth-looking jumper. The Duke product also does a good job setting his teammates up. Ingram averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. In his last outing, Ingram amassed a team-high 30 points, six rebounds and six assists. 

Guard CJ McCollum is a fearless scorer with an all-around shooting game. McCollum knows to get open and get shots off with ease. The 2013 10th overall pick averaged 22.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. The Lehigh product is also shooting 38 percent from 3-point land. In the play-in win over the San Antonio Spurs, McCollum recorded 32 points, six rebounds and seven assists. 

How to make Pelicans vs. Suns picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 226 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Suns vs. Pelicans? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.