The Utah Jazz (16-21) will be 1.5-point favorites at home in Vivint Smart Home Arena when they square off with the New Orleans Pelicans (18-18). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 209.5 points and it begins at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz ATS Odds
In their last contest, the Jazz barely escaped the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-101, while the Pelicans lost a winnable game to the New York Knicks, 105-103.
The Jazz forced 15 turnovers and held the Cavaliers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.494 (below their season average of 0.555). New Orleans, on the other hand, did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (21-27; 77.8 percent). Utah rallied around Donovan Mitchell, who finished with 29 points and six assists. DeMarcus Cousins, meanwhile was a key piece for New Orleans with 29 points and 19 rebounds.
Opposite paces will be on display in this meeting. New Orleans prefers to play fast (fifth in possessions per game), while Utah is more half-court-oriented (25th in possessions per game).
Pelicans games have typically gone over the O/U total (61.1 percent). New Orleans heads into the game with records of 18-18 straight up (SU) and 20-16 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike New Orleans, Jazz games have gone under the projected point total 51.4 percent of the time. Moreover, Utah is 16-21 SU and 19-18 ATS.
Derrick Favors has been outstanding recently for Utah, averaging 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds over the last five games.
In their first matchup this year, Mitchell led the Jazz to a 114-108 victory. He was the game’s leading scorer with 41 points. Utah covered as a 3.5-point underdog and the two teams combined to score 222 points, which was well over the projected point total of 204.5. One of Utah’s largest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They had 25 free throw attempts, while New Orleans had 15.
New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Pelicans, ATS Winner – Pelicans, O/U – Under
The Jazz average 10.7 second chance points per game, which ranks 23rd in the league. The Pelicans rank 24th in second chance points allowed per game (13.4).
Utah ranks second in steals per game (9.2) while New Orleans ranks 28th in steals allowed per game (8.7).
The Jazz rank seventh in three pointers allowed per game (26.7) while the Pelicans rank 28th (31.3).
New Orleans ranks second in points in the paint per game (50.6) while Utah ranks 22nd (41.2).
New Orleans ranks 17th in rebounds per game (42.8) while Utah ranks 26th (40.5).
The Jazz rank third in fast break points allowed per game (9.2) while the Pelicans rank 28th (14.0).
The Jazz average 17.5 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 10th in the league. The Pelicans rank 24th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.4).
Utah ranks second in assists allowed per game (19.9) while New Orleans ranks 24th (24.0).
Utah is 10-2 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while New Orleans is 6-0.
In games where they reach 100 points, the Pelicans are 16-13 and the Jazz are 14-9.
Utah is 13-6 ATS at home, while New Orleans is 11-7 ATS on the road.
The Pelicans have 10 overs and 8 unders in 18 road games.
The Jazz have 12 unders and 7 overs in 19 home games.
The Pelicans are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Jazz are 2-3.
In their last five games, New Orleans has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Utah has 4 unders and 1 over.
During their last five games, the Pelicans have scored an average of 114.2 points per game (3.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 107.4 points per game (3.8 below their season average).
The Jazz’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.8, up from 0.4 for the season.