Pelicans vs. Jazz - 12/16/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (6-18) at New Orleans Pelicans (11-12)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSN
The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Tuesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Utah Jazz have lost 11 of their last 12 games and play their third road game of the month. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 95.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 101.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward leads Utah with 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while Enes Kanter is averaging 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Trey Burke is averaging 5.6 assists per game and Alec Burks is shooting 41.1 percent from the field. The Utah Jazz continue to be a team that just can’t get over the hump, as their offense and defense is very inconsistent. The Jazz have struggled even more than usual on the offensive end recently, shooting just 43.8 percent from the field in their last five games. Derrick Favors is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight games and wrap up a three-game homestand. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 102.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 120.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.9 points and 5.8 assists while Jrue Holiday is averaging 16.4 points and 6.9 assists. Ryan Anderson is shooting 40.6 percent from the field and Omer Asik is grabbing 10.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans offense is clicking at a high rate, making 49.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Pelcians have won eight of their last 11 games when topping 100 points. Anthony Davis is questionable for this game with a chest injury.
The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 3-1-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 10-3-2 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans have to be the pick here at home against a Jazz team that can't put the ball in the hoop. Whether or not Davis plays, give me the home team in a toss up.