Jazz vs. Pelicans - 11/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (6-5) at Utah Jazz (5-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +4 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz square off Saturday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last four games and will play their fourth straight road game. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 104.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 98.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis leads New Orleans with 25.5 points and 11.4 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is dishing out seven assists and Jrue Holiday is the fourth New Orleans player averaging double-digit points. The Pelicans have shown they can dominate the glass and put the ball in the cup at a high percentage but now have to improve their defense to take that next step. Four of the Pelicans five losses this season have come when they’ve allowed 100-plus points.
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The Utah Jazz have split their last four games and are coming off a beat down to Golden State on Friday. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 97.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 101 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz with 18.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting and Derrick Favors is averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Alec Burks is shooting 40 percent from downtown and Trey Burke leads Utah with 5.7 assists per game. The Utah Jazz are just 1-8 against teams that made the playoffs last season. This will be Utah’s second home game in more than three weeks and three of its five wins this season have come in front of its home fans.
The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 home games. The Pelicans are 3-10-2 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Utah and 0-3-2 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
Two okish teams playing on no days rest? Give me the better and more talented team and the small chalk.