The New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns will tip off slightly after the scheduled time of 8:30 p.m. Central due to a suspicious package near Atlanta’s State Farm Arena delaying the start of the Hawks-Heat matchup.
April 22, 2022
Pelicans-Suns has been delayed to a 9 pm CT tip-off— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) April 22, 2022
Since we’ve got a few extra minutes to fill, let’s talk championship aspirations because the Pelicans odds have jumped up significantly since the start of this week.
|Team||Championship Odds on morning of April 18||Team||Championship Odds on morning of April 22|
|Phoenix Suns||11/5||Golden State Warriors||11/4|
|Milwaukee Bucks||9/2||Boston Celtics||9/2|
|Golden State Warriors||21/4||Phoenix Suns||9/2|
|Boston Celtics||7/1||Miami Heat||7/1|
|Miami Heat||9/1||Milwaukee Bucks||9/1|
|Brooklyn Nets||14/1||Memphis Grizzlies||10/1|
|Philadelphia 76ers||16/1||Philadelphia 76ers||10/1|
|Memphis Grizzlies||20/1||Brooklyn Nets||22/1|
|Utah Jazz||22/1||Dallas Mavericks||25/1|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||66/1||Utah Jazz||40/1|
|Dallas Mavericks||80/1||New Orleans Pelicans||80/1|
|Denver Nuggets||80/1||Chicago Bulls||100/1|
|Toronto Raptors||125/1||Minnesota Timberwolves||200/1|
|Atlanta Hawks||200/1||Atlanta Hawks||500/1|
|Chicago Bulls||200/1||Denver Nuggets||500/1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||250/1||Toronto Raptors||750/1|
With no Devin Booker — perhaps for the rest of this first-round series — and the Pelicans winning game 2 in Phoenix, the improved odds should not come as a complete surprise.
That said, realize New Orleans is still considered a large underdog to advance against Phoenix. For instance, FiveThirtyEight is giving the Pelicans a 27% of moving to the next round.
For more on tonight’s game, please give our preview a read.
Who: New Orleans Pelicans (1-1) vs Phoenix Suns (1-1)
When: April 22, 2022, 9:00 p.m. CT (was originally 8:30 p.m.)
Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans, ESPN
Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM
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