Utah Jazz (2-2) at New Orleans Pelicans (4-0)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1 -- Over/Under: 226 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Utah Jazz look for their third road victory of the season while getting a game above a .500 record. The Utah Jazz are averaging 107.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 23.8 points and four assists while Joe Ingles is averaging 17.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won five of their last six road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for another home victory to build on their impressive 4-0 start to the season. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 132 points on 51.7 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 30.3 points and 13 rebounds while Nikola Mirotic is averaging 28 points and 10.3 rebounds. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.3 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five straight home games.
The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Jazz are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans, 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 10-4-3 ATS in the last 17 meetings. The over is 26-12 in Pelicans last 38 home games and the under is 13-6 in Jazz last 19 games playing on 2 days rest.
The Utah Jazz have won seven of the last eight meetings against the New Orleans Pelicans, and they're catching the Pels on the end of a back to back. There's good reason to consider the Jazz here in a near toss-up matchup. However, the Pelicans have been so explosive offensively, have the best player on the floor and have scoring depth they haven't had in years past, to the point I'm not trying to bet against them at home. We know Davis is going to get his, but when all of the starters are dropping double-digit points and Randle is giving great minutes off the bench, the Pelicans are a dangrous team that's growing on me. I'm backing New Orleans.