New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s NBA game. It’ll be a re-match of last night’s game in Salt Lake City as the Utah Jazz face off with the New Orleans Pelicans once again. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans shocked the world with a 98-97 victory over the Utah Jazz last night as they covered the spread as 12 point underdogs. It was their 2nd win in a row as Brandon Ingram led the scoring with 21 points, with 4 other Pelicans scoring in double-figures. The win comes on the same day as the Pelicans announced that Zion Williamson has been cleared to play following a long recovery from a foot injury. Whether or not he suits up tonight is still unclear, but New Orleans could definitely use him. Last night’s win was just their 2nd in 11 road games and just their 5th in 19 games against the Jazz overall. Playing in Salt Lake City hasn’t been kind to them, they’ve won just 5 times in their last 17 visits.
Donovan Mitchell was a big letdown in last night’s game going just 6-for-21 from the field for 16 points. Bojan Bogdanovic stepped up big time with 23 points, including 5 threes, however the Jazz suffered their 4th home loss in 10 games already this season. For comparison, last season they lost only 5 home games total in 36 outings. Bettors have also been unhappy with the Jazz lately, they’ve covered the spread just 5 times in those 10 games played at the Vivint Arena which is a bit concerning considering they rank in the Top 2 in scoring as a team, in field goal percentage and in rebounding. In their last 3 meetings with the Pelicans they’ve won just once and have shot the ball only 46% in those 3 games.
After watching last night’s game it’s tough to see Utah winning tonight’s by 13 points. The Pelicans coped well with the offensive onslaught and managed to limit Mitchell’s production. If they do so again tonight they’ll be in a good position to pull off the upset again here. If not, I think they can still keep this at a reasonable margin, so let’s back the Pelicans to cover here.
Utah Jazz – New Orleans Pelicans Odds
Utah Jazz – New Orleans Pelicans Predictions
New Orleans +13 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Last night’s game produced only 195 points which is a significant drop-off compared to the averages we’ve seen in the last 10 meetings. These two have averaged 234.2 points per game in those 10 games and the Over had landed 6 times. Neither team shot the ball all that well as last night, the Pelicans finished with only 42% from the field, while the Jazz were at just 45%. It’s hard to imagine the 2nd best offensive team in the NBA struggle two nights in a row, so I think we can expect the Jazz to reach their season average of 112.3 points per game in this one. Utah’s defense has allowed 109.3 per game in their last 3 outings, so if the Pelicans are able to reach that number we are in a good position here. Assist numbers have been really good for the Pelicans this season with 62.6% of their baskets being assisted on. I think they have all the necessary tools to score at least 105 points tonight, so let’s back the Over in this one.
Over 217 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365