Pelicans vs. Jazz - 2/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (18-33) at New Orleans Pelicans (27-24)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSN
The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Utah Jazz have lost five of their last seven games and begin a two-game road trip. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 95.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.6 points and 4.1 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 15.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Enes Kanter is grabbing 7.7 rebounds and Trey Burke is dishing 4.7 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 46.4 percent from the field in their last five games but have topped 100 points in just three of their last seven games. While the Jazz are inconsistent, they’ve won four of their last five games when topping 100 points. Joe Ingles is questionable for this game with a back injury.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six games and are chasing a playoff spot. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 100.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 17 points and six assists while Ryan Anderson is averaging 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Eric Gordon is dishing 3.9 assists and Omer Asik is grabbing 10 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans have allowed 100 or more points in five straight games, and they’re giving up 47.8 percent shooting from the field during that stretch. The Pelicans have to get better on defense if they’re going to lockup one of the eight seeds in the West. Anthony Davis is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury.
The Jazz are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Pelicans are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference. The Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 4-1-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
With or without Davis in the lineup, the Pelicans are the better team here and should get the win rather easily. I like New Orleans and the reasonable number on its home court.