Jazz vs Pelicans NBA Odds, Game Preview & Prediction

Jazz vs Pelicans NBA Odds, Game Preview & Prediction

Written by on March 6, 2019

The New Orleans Pelicans might have more drama than any team in the NBA, but they’ll be looking to extend their surprising winning ways when they host the visiting Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night.

Jazz vs Pelicans NBA Odds, Game Preview & Prediction

Why Bet On Utah?

The best reasons to back the Jazz are the fact that they are the far better defensive team in this pairing and they’re desperate to find some consistency as the regular season comes to a fast and furious finish.

Utah will also be highly motivated after having their four-game winning streak snapped in their 115-112 loss to the Pelicans in the first game of this home-and-home set on Monday night. Center Rudy Gobert said he and his teammates need to put the loss in the rear-view mirror as quickly as possible.

“It’s the NBA. Any team can lose to any team on a given night,” Gobert told reporters. “The most important thing is how we react to that. It’s how you bounce back. We got punched in the face and we have to be better the next game.”

The Jazz average 110.2 points per game to rank a modest 20th in scoring but Utah also limits the opposition to just 106.8 points per game to rank sixth in points allowed.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 110.24
  • Field Goals: 46.13%
  • Three Points: 34.93%
  • Free Throws: 73.42%
  • Rebounds: 45.90
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 106.84
  • Field Goals: 45.29%
  • Three Points: 35.83%
  • Free Throws: 75.93%
  • Rebounds: 43.03

Why Bet On New Orleans?

The best reasons to back New Orleans are the fact that the Pelicans have won three straight and five of their last eight games despite dealing with the drama surrounding Anthony Davis’ announcement that he no longer wanted to play in New Orleans.

The New Orleans overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Utah 115-112 on Monday one game after coming back from 19 down to beat Denver. Point guard Jrue Holiday and power forward Julius Randle each scored 30 points in Monday’s win to lead the way to victory.

“I think this season we have been in most of our games and down the stretch we didn’t complete the game,” Holiday told reporters after Monday’s win. “As of late, we have doing a really good job of that executing and getting big wins.”

With Davis playing limited minutes, Randle is averaging 25.8 points over the past eight games while Holiday is averaging 24.3 over the same span.

“We have just been feeding off each other’s energy,” Randle told reporters. “It is easy to go out there and play that hard when you play that hard every night. For me, personally, I definitely do. So we just feed off of each other’s energy, constantly in attack mode and fight to the last buzzer.”

The Pelicans average 116.0 points per game to rank a stellar third in scoring while allowing 115.0 per contest defensively (26th).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 115.97
  • Field Goals: 47.82%
  • Three Points: 34.78%
  • Free Throws: 76.61%
  • Rebounds: 47.15
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 115.03
  • Field Goals: 46.33%
  • Three Points: 36.25%
  • Free Throws: 75.40%
  • Rebounds: 44.77

Jazz vs Pelicans NBA Betting Trends

  • Utah is 6-3 ATS in the last 9 games
  • Utah is 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went OVER in 7 of Utah’s last 10 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games
  • New Orleans is 4-2 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went OVER in 15 of New Orleans’s last 20 games when playing Utah

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Jazz vs Pelicans

While New Orleans overcame a huge deficit to beat Utah on Monday, I’m going to advise you to back the Jazz to get some retribution in this contest by beating the Pelicans outright for the ATS cover.

The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 15-7-2 ATS in their last 24 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against their Western Conference counterparts. While the Pelicans have gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, New Orleans is also an uninspiring 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home dates against Utah, not to mention the fact that the road team in this series has gone a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.

NBA Betting Pick: Utah 111 New Orleans 107

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