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Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/1/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) at Utah Jazz (11-11)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, ROOT

The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 108 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 108.9 points on 46 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 25.6 points and 11 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.1 points and 12.5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last eight road games.

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/1/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah Jazz look for a fifth straight victory to get a game above a .500 record.  The Utah Jazz are averaging 101.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 99.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Rodney Hood is averaging 17.7 points and 2.6 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell is averaging 14.9 points and 3.1 assists. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 5.1 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won four of their last five home games.

The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 4-9-3 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-12-3 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Utah, 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 7-3-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

Even with Hood questionable and Gobert out, the Jazz are playing some really impressive basketball at the moment where they've won their last couple of games in blowout fashion. The defense has picked up and the offense has gained extreme confidence. Utah is knocking down threes left and right and Mitchell looks nothing like a rookie right now. I'm not sure how long this lasts, but the Jazz aren't a team I'm trying to step in front of right now. I'll take the bucket with the home team here.

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