The New Orleans Pelicans will be looking to get back on track when they travel to Arizona to face the Phoenix Suns.
New Orleans got off to a rocky start to their 2021-22 NBA campaign, winning just one of their seven games. They have suffered many close losses this season as the team await the return of star forward Zion Williamson.
Across the court are the Phoenix Suns, who are 2-3 to start the season. Phoenix started the season a bit slower than some might have expected. However, they will look to secure a win over the Pelicans and return to .500 on the year.
Fixation: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns | NBA Regular Season 2021-22.
Date and hour : Tuesday, November 2; 10 p.m. ET (Wednesday, November 3; 7:30 a.m. IST).
Place: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ.
Overview of the New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are going to have to find a way to deliver a balanced offensive punch on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns. For now, star forward Brandon Ingram remains questionable for the game, as he suffers from a hip contusion.
If Ingram isn’t able to go, expect the team to look to their backcourt to provide a consistent balance of offensive firepower. Devonte ‘Graham and Nickeil Alexander-Walker are two players who should expect a lot of offensive touches for the Pelicans. Another big piece of the puzzle will be Josh Hart, who should see time in many positions if Ingram is out.
New Orleans, meanwhile, just suffered a tough home loss last Saturday to the New York Knicks. If they want to create a surprise against the Phoenix Suns, their backcourt will have to shoot full speed. Expect New Orleans big man Jonas Valanciunas to be a big part of their game plan.
Key player – Jonas Valanciunas
The New Orleans Pelicans are going to rely on their backcourt to deliver a constant offensive punch. In that regard, no player has been more impressive for the Pelicans this year than Jonas Valanciunas.
After coming via trade from the Memphis Grizzlies, Valanciunas has thrived for the Pelicans this season. He will face Deandre Ayton in this match, which should be a sensational showdown between two versatile centers.
The planned lineup of the New Orleans pelicans
g – Devonte ‘Graham; g – Nickeil Alexander-Walker; F – Josh Hart; F – Herbert Jones; VS – Jonas Valanciunas.
Phoenix Suns Preview
The Phoenix Suns became the talking point of the basketball world last year, thanks to their impressive run to the NBA Finals. Although they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, it’s interesting how the Suns would fare this season.
The start of the season has been slower for them than most might have expected. The Suns have a 2-3 lead in Tuesday’s showdown against the New Orleans Pelicans. After an impressive 101-92 win over the expanding Cleveland Cavaliers, the Suns will look to defeat the Pelicans and string together another winning streak.
It’s going to be interesting to watch their injury record ahead of this game. Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton left the game against the Cavaliers early with a bruised leg. The Suns will need Ayton for this one, as Pelicans big man Jonas Valanciunas has been sensational this season.
Key player – Devin Booker
There’s no question that the Phoenix Suns are at their best when superstar goaltender Devin Booker is firing on all cylinders. So far this year, Booker has posted respectable numbers.
He is currently averaging 22.6 points per game while shooting 41.6% from the field. A notable development with Booker’s start to the season has been his struggle to get his three-point shot.
Booker runs 28.6% from downtown. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before he starts to associate some impressive performance. A home showdown against the Pelicans could be Booker’s time to find his rhythm.
Predicted lineup of the Phoenix Suns
g – Chris Paul; g – Devin Booker; F – Mikal bridges; F – Jae Crowder; VS – Deandre Ayton.
Pelicans vs Suns match prediction
The Phoenix Suns will enter this game determined to return to .500 this year.
It will be interesting to watch injury reports from both teams as they have key players who could be making decisions during the game. The Pelicans continue to be a bit understaffed, especially with star forward Zion Williamson still out. So the Suns should clinch the win in this one as they will be determined to get back on track.
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Local coverage of the game will be provided by Bally Sports Arizona and nationally on TNT. The game can also be streamed live via NBA League Pass.