Utah Jazz (24-28) at New Orleans Pelicans (28-24)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1 -- Over/Under: 215 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Utah Jazz look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 102.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19.7 points and 3.5 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 16.4 points and 2.9 rebounds. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 9.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won four straight road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for a victory here after winning five of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.7 points on 46 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 27 points and 10.6 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.4 points and 5.4 assists. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last seven home games.
The Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Jazz are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New Orleans, 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 16-7-3 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
Donovan Mitchell is expected to play despite being sick, so I'm not sure why the Pelicans are laying the point here, even if it's just one point. The Utah Jazz are riding a five game winning streak and outscoring teams by 15.6 points during that stretch. The Pelicans have found ways to win recently, but they're still undermanned with no Cousins and are allowing 113 points at home. Have to take the better team in better form.