Planning on watching today’s Jazz and Pelicans game? Catch the action at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA, as the Pelicans hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on BSNO. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 238.5 points, and the Pelicans are favored to win at home against the Jazz.
UTAH JAZZ VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -8.5
This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.
WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-102 in favor of the Pelicans.
- Our projections have Zion Williamson finishing with Zion Williamson points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 53.0% and knocking down 12 threes.
Can Utah Pull Off a Road Win?
The Utah Jazz head into today’s matchup vs. the Pelicans as 8.5-point underdogs and will be looking for their 4th straight win. So far, Utah is just 5-13 on the road, and they are 12th in the Western Conference.
Against the spread, the Jazz have covered in three straight games and have an overall ATS record of 17-14. On the road, their ATS record is 7-11 compared to going 10-3 at home vs. the spread.
When looking at their over/under record for the season, the Jazz have gone 18-12-1. The over/under line for today’s game is currently sitting at 238.5, and the average over/under line in their games this season is 229.9.
Utah’s last game ended in a 130-118 win over the Spurs. The Jazz easily covered the spread as 3.5-point favorites, and the over/under line of 241.5 points also resulted in an over.
Utah’s offense had a solid outing, putting up 130 points in their most recent game vs. the Spurs. Overall, they shot 49.5% from the field and went 20/22 from the free-throw line. Looking at their last three games, the Jazz have an effective field goal percentage of 56.8%, which is higher than their season-long EFG of 53% (23rd). Over their last five games, Utah ranks 25th in three-point shooting percentage at 40.6%.
On defense, the Jazz come into the game ranked 24th in the league in points allowed at 119.3 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 116 points per contest (26th). In the terms of takeaways, Jazz are causing 15.8 turnovers per game, ranking 30th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 7th in rejections, averaging 6 blocked shots each game.
Can New Orleans Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?
As the Pelicans get set to take on the Jazz, they come in as 8.5-point favorites and will be looking to snap their two-game losing streak. So far, New Orleans is 17-14 and currently sit 7th in the Western Conference.
In their last game, the Pelicans fell to the Grizzlies by a score of 116-115. New Orleans was favored by 4.5 points in the game, but their loss also resulted in an ATS loss.
When playing at home, the Pelicans are 9-7 compared to going 8-7 on the road. Their average scoring differential at home is +3.8 points per contest.
New Orleans’ overall ATS record for the season is 17-14, and they have been favored in 17 of their 31 games. As the favorite, the Pelicans have gone 9-8 vs. the spread.
In the Western Conference, the Pelicans have gone 11-12 in non-conference games and 6-2 when playing teams from their division. New Orleans’ average over/under line this season is 228.4, and their games have averaged 229 points per contest.
In their last game, the Pelicans put up 115 points vs. the Grizzlies. They shot 43.3% from the field and hit 10 three-pointers. Brandon Ingram led the way with 24 points while Zion Williamson chipped in 23.
Coming into the game, the Pelicans defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 38.7% of their games. Currently, they are 13th in the NBA at 113.4 points per game allowed. Opponents are hitting 56.4% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.0% of their three-point attempts.