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Market Report for Tuesday, March 15th
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back
**Lines are opening numbers
Phoenix Suns (-5.5, 226) at New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram is still sidelined with a hamstring injury and CJ McCollum is questionable to play for New Orleans, which means that their incredible new lineup will have to wait to be whole once more. The Pelicans took care of business against the Rockets on Sunday, but it was apparent in the three games prior that this is a different team when not whole. The three games in which Ingram did not play were ugly. New Orleans was 0-3 SU and ATS, posted a -15.0 net rating and their defense gave up 125.7 points per 100 possessions. That new lineup is still very flawed defensively, but they can at least match opponents with an otherworldly output on offense. When even one member is not available to play the results can get lopsided. It’s why the market is so high on Phoenix tonight. The Suns smacked around the Lakers on Sunday night for their third win in four games, showing an ability to take advantage of lesser teams. Comments from Anthony Davis might have made that game more personal for Phoenix, but the fact remains that New Orleans is up against it here. Had they been fully healthy the play would be the home team, but the performances in those three games without Ingram gets me off that side quickly.