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Phoenix takes 2-1 lead into game 4 against New Orleans

April 23, 2022 GMT

Phoenix Suns (64-18, first in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (36-46, eighth in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Sunday, 9:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Pelicans -3

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Suns lead series 2-1

BOTTOM LINE: The Phoenix Suns visit the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference first round with a 2-1 lead in the series. The Suns won the last matchup 114-111 on April 23 led by 28 points from Deandre Ayton, while Brandon Ingram scored 34 points for the Pelicans.

The Pelicans have gone 25-27 against Western Conference teams. New Orleans is 18-32 against opponents with a winning record.

The Suns are 39-13 in Western Conference play. Phoenix ranks second in the Western Conference shooting 36.4% from 3-point range.

TOP PERFORMERS: Devonte’ Graham averages 2.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Pelicans, scoring 11.9 points while shooting 34.1% from beyond the arc. Ingram is averaging 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists over the past 10 games for New Orleans.

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Ayton is averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Suns. Devin Booker is averaging 30.7 points over the last 10 games for Phoenix.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 5-5, averaging 113.7 points, 43.8 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 9.1 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.7 points per game.

Suns: 5-5, averaging 110.5 points, 42.4 rebounds, 26.7 assists, 9.1 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.1 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot).

Suns: Dario Saric: out (knee), Devin Booker: out (hamstring).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.