New Orleans Pelicans (5-8) at Utah Jazz (10-4)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -7 -- Over/Under: 216.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz meet Thursday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 107.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 23.4 points and eight rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Lonzo Ball is dishing 4.4 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game.
The Utah Jazz look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 111.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 23.5 points and 4.9 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.6 points and 2.1 assists. Mike Conley is the third double-digit scorer and Bojan Bogdanovic is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.6 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jazz are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 7-1 in Pelicans last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 overall. The Pelicans are 7-15-3 ATS in the last 25 meetings in Utah and 4-11-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans are more talented than what they've shown up to this point, but at some point we need to see results before we can back them with any confidence. The Utah Jazz are quietly one of the better teams in the league that's shown a balanced attack, and they've won and covered each of their last six games. At some point the Pelicans will turn things around, but I need to see progress first. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Jazz here.