Utah Jazz (41-23) at New Orleans Pelicans (28-36)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 -- Over/Under: 221 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in NBA action at the HP Field House.
The Utah Jazz entered the NBA break splitting their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 111 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 24.2 points and 4.2 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 20.2 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 13.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans also entered the NBA break splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.3 points and 4.3 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Jazz are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pelicans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite and 23-10-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Jazz last 14 road games. The over is 12-5 in Pelicans last 17 home games. The Jazz are 10-3-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans and 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans have lost two of the three games this season against the Jazz and their one victory came in overtime. The Jazz are probably the better team overall, but they didn't look good in their scrimmages and their half court offense takes a major blow with the loss of Bogdanovic. The New Orleans Pelicans can't afford to throwaway games if they hope to make the playoffs. This is a more than winnable game especially with the return of Zion. I'll lay the bucket with the Pels.