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New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz 10/23/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Utah Jazz (2-0) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (2-0)
October 23, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -7.5; Over/Under: +231
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The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Sunday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Utah Jazz look to get off to a 3-0 start. The New Orleans Pelicans also look to remain undefeated. 

The Utah Jazz are averaging 127.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 19.5 points and 5 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is dishing 1 assist. The Utah Jazz are shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.5 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 127 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 28 points and 8 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 22.5 points and 15 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Zion Williamson is grabbing 7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 57 rebounds per game.

The Jazz are 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 road games and 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Pelicans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 overall. The over is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 overall. The Jazz are 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Pelicans should be favored at home as they’re the better team, and they’re off to a fine start through 2 games. However, as I said going back to the preseason, the Utah Jazz are a respectable side that shouldn’t be overlooked. Yes, the Jazz don’t have the star power from a year ago, but they’re far and away better than your typical team that’s going through a rebuild. You’re going to make money on the Jazz this season in the underdog role. As has been the case through 2 games already, give me the Jazz and the free points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Utah Jazz +7.5

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