Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (18-18) at Utah Jazz (16-21)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz -1.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans invade the Vivint Smart Home Arena to take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last seven games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Knicks by 105-103 on Saturday. Anthony Davis led the team with 31 points with nine rebounds and five blocks, DeMarcus Cousins added 29 points with 19 rebounds and four assists while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 45 percent from the field and just six of 26 from the three-point line but the Pelicans still weren’t able to come out on top despite leading by eight points with 2:57 left in the fourth quarter. With the loss, New Orleans dropped to 18-18 overall and 9-9 at home.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been in a slump as they’ve lost 10 of their past 13 games but they will be feeling pretty good after taking down the Cavaliers by 104-101 on Saturday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 29 points, Derrick Favors added 19 points while Ricky Rubio racked up 16 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 46 percent from the field while holding the Cavaliers to just 42 percent shooting and their defense was exceptional in the third quarter where they flipped the game with a 23-3 run before Mitchell came through in the clutch to give the Jazz a much-needed win to improve to 16-21 overall and 13-6 at home.  

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a losing record and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games playing on three or more days rest. Meanwhile, the Jazz are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings, the Pelicans are 0-4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Utah.

The Jazz have been in a slump and they will still be without Rudy Gobert for at least another two weeks, but their confidence will be sky-high after their narrow win over the Cavaliers. The Pelicans haven’t exactly been world beaters themselves but they’ve had plenty of time to stew over their narrow loss to the Knicks on Saturday, so with their two big men putting up monster numbers, they should be able to snatch a win from the Jazz while they’re still shorthanded.

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Peter’s Pick New Orleans +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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