New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game. New Orleans is finally showing signs of life, but they have a tough task ahead of them tonight as they travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
In what was probably their best performance of the season, the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Washington Wizards 127-102 at home on Wednesday. Brandon Ingram had 26, while Jonas Valanciunas added 21 and 11 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to what was just their 4th win in 20 games this season. They enter tonight’s game as 12 point underdogs though, mainly because they’ve not covered the spread on the road in their last 7 attempts. Against the Jazz they’ve struggled a lot, especially on the road where they are just 4-12 SU in their last 16 games. They are still without Zion Williamson, he could be back some time in December according to the latest reports. The Pelicans have just 3 wins in their last 16 games.
Utah comes into this one with 4 wins in their last 5 games following a 110-104 triumph at Oklahoma City. A total of 6 players scored in double figures, led by Jordan Clarkson who stepped in off the bench and dropped 20. The win keeps the Jazz 3rd in the Western Conference with a 12-6 record. They could be a bit shorthanded tonight with Royce O’Neale being questionable with an ankle issue. Even without him the Jazz shouldn’t have much issues here, as they’ve been impressive at home winning 10 of their last 14 games. Utah has also beaten the Pelicans 7 times in the last 10 meetings.
There is some hope within the Pelicans ranks that all is not yet lost this season, however this team is in a 4-16 hole right now with just 1 road win in 10 games this season. Their last 3 losses have been by 14, 17 and 15 points, so they are getting blown out fairly regularly this season. I think the Jazz will have enough at home in this one, so let’s back them to cover.
Utah Jazz – New Orleans Pelicans Odds
Utah Jazz – New Orleans Pelicans Predictions
Jazz -12 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Only 6 teams in the NBA are averaging more points in their last 3 games than the Utah Jazz are. Playing at home this season the Jazz are scoring 113.3 points per game and the over has landed in 4 of their last 5 games. When facing teams from their own conference, games have been a bit higher scoring than usual with 5 of their last 6 going over the total. Playing the Pelicans the last 7 of 10 games have cashed on the over with the two teams averaging close to 240 points per game between them. Both sides have shot the ball well from the field in those games, with the Pelicans connecting on 47% of shots, while the Jazz have scored on 48% of their shots. Pelicans rank only 26th in defensive rating this season, going up against the highest rated offense in the NBA will be a problem. I’m predicting the Jazz will score enough here to push us over the total, so let’s go with that.
Over 215.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365