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Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans 12/13/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

New Orleans Pelicans (18-8) vs. Utah Jazz (15-14)
December 13, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Jazz +2.5; Over/Under: +230.5
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The New Orleans Pelicans invade the Vivint Arena to take on the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been on fire as they’ve won 12 of their last 14 games overall and they will be gunning for an eighth straight victory after outlasting the Suns in a 129-124 overtime win on Sunday. Zion Williamson led the way with 35 points, eight rebounds and three assists, CJ McCollum added 29 points with seven assists while Naji Marshall chipped in with 16 points and five assists off the bench. As a team, the Pelicans shot a sizzling 58 percent from the field and eight of 25 from the 3-point line as they squandered a 15-point lead in regulation before they came alive in overtime to snatch the game away from the Suns for the second straight game.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been in a major slump as they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling short against the Nuggets in a 115-110 road loss on Saturday. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the team with 27 points on nine of 16 shooting, Malik Beasley and Talen Horton-Tucker each scored 19 points while Kelly Olynyk chipped in with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Jazz shot 45 percent from the field and 15 of 41 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 38 points in the third quarter to overcome an 11-point deficit to take the lead, but they couldn’t find their offense when it mattered most as they managed just five points in the final 4:52 to allow the Nuggets to escape in the end.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a winning record and 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600.

Head to head, the over is 23-10 in the last 33 meetings overall, the Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Utah and the Pelicans are 7-15-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall.

The Pelicans will again be shorthanded as Brandon Ingram is still out, but they should have Herbert Jones back in the lineup, while the Jazz will again be missing Collin Sexton and Simone Fontecchio who are both out. The Pelicans have emerged as the hottest team in the league and they’re running into a Jazz team stuck in their worst slump of the season. The Jazz hold the edge in head to head betting trends, but they are only 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, so I’ll happily back the Pelicans at the short line in this spot.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: New Orleans -2.5

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