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Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/28/14

Utah Jazz (23-49) at New Orleans Pelicans (31-40)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports New Orleans

The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans will meet Friday at the Smoothie King Center. This is third of four scheduled meetings this season, and the series is split.

The Jazz are coming off a heartbreaking 91-87 loss on Wednesday to the Memphis Grizzlies, as Utah led for much of the game. The Jazz have now lost eight of their last nine games. On the season, the Jazz average 94.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 101.2 points on 47 percent shooting. Scoring continues to be an issue for the Jazz, as they’ve scored 94 or less points in six of their last seven games. However, Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.2 points on 49.2 percent shooting in his last five contests. The Utah Jazz are 31-37-4 ATS overall and 16-19-1 ATS on the road.

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/28/14

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The Pelicans are on a four-game winning streak and all of those victories have come against playoff caliber teams. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 100.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allow 102.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. However, during their winning streak, the Pelicans are shooting 48.7 percent from the field and allowing just 42.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26 points and 12.3 rebounds in his last four games. The New Orleans Pelicans are 32-35-4 ATS overall and 19-16-1 ATS at home. 

The Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings vs. New Orleans, while the underdog is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

I like New Orleans to cover the spread in this matchup. The Pelicans have been playing great basketball over the last week and the Jazz haven’t been great on the road this season.

Get the number low while you can and take the Pelicans.

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New Orleans Pelicans -5.5

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