Phoenix Suns betting favorites at home in Game 5 vs. Pelicans

Apr 26, 2022, 10:44 AM

Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns drives against Jaxson Hayes #10 and Jonas Valanciunas #17 of ...

Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns drives against Jaxson Hayes #10 and Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of Game Four of the Western Conference First Round at the Smoothie King Center on April 24, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns remain favored to move past the first round starting with a Game 5 victory on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans at home.

Phoenix dropped a disheartening Game 4 on the road Sunday night 118-103 which evened the series at two games apiece, yet sportsbooks are not jumping off the No. 1 seed’s boat just yet.

The Suns are seven-point favorites in Game 5 at Footprint Center with -110 odds to cover on FanDuel Sportsbook.

They are 2-2 against the spread, as they were favored to win each of the first four games against New Orleans. The odds for Phoenix’s moneyline are -290.

The Pelicans have -110 odds to cover, while their moneyline odds sit at +235.

Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker was ruled out for Game 5 on Monday with a hamstring strain. He exited Game 2 during the third quarter of an eventual loss for Phoenix at home, and the two sides split a pair of games in New Orleans with Booker sidelined.

Without Booker, Suns center Deandre Ayton has been their lead scorer with 28 points in Game 3 and 23 on Sunday.

He has the best odds for first basket at +370.

The over/under for points is at 215, lower than the output in each of the past three games.

The Suns are 1.5-game favorites in the series, and therefore are projected to take the next two contests. They have +160 odds to accomplish this.

They entered the playoffs as favorites to win the NBA Finals, but Booker’s injury and the team’s struggles against the No. 8 seed Pelicans knocked the Suns back to third on the totem pole at +500 odds to win a title.

The Golden State Warriors have the best odds at +290, while the Boston Celtics are second at +450. Boston swept the Brooklyn Nets to punch the first ticket to the second round.

Game 5 between the Suns and Pelicans begins at 7 p.m. You can tune in on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

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