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Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 4/4/14

New Orleans Pelicans (32-43) at Utah Jazz (23-52)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports New Orleans, ROOT

The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz will meet for the fourth and final time this season on Friday. The Pelicans lead the series 2-1.

The Pelicans have won five of their last eight games, but have lost three straight. On the season, the Pelicans average 99.9 points on 46 percent shooting and allow 102.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. However, the Pelicans last five games have been a defensive struggle, as teams are averaging 105.2 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon are both doubtful for this matchup, which means Tyreke Evans must continue to carry the load. Evans is averaging 17 points and seven assists in his last five games. The New Orleans Pelicans are 32-38-5 ATS overall and 13-21-3 ATS on the road.

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 4/4/14


The Jazz have lost five straight and 11 of their last 12 games. On the season, the Jazz average 94.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allow 101.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. The Jazz are shooting just 43 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from three in their last five games. Utah’s offense has been absolutely brutal all season, as Gordon Hayward has been the Jazz’ only consistent scorer at 16.1 points per game. The Utah Jazz are 31-39-5 ATS overall and 15-19-3 ATS at home. 

The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Jazz are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Pelicans are 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Utah.

Utah hasn't even been able to win a game, let alone cover chalk. While New Orleans is banged up, there's value in taking the Pelicans and the points. So, that's what I'm going to do. 

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