New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz - 1/16/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Smoothie King Center)
NO +5, O/U 225.5
The Utah Jazz travel to New Orleans, LA on Thursday for a game against the Pelicans in a matchup of teams from the Western Conference. In their last game, the Jazz defeated the Brooklyn Nets by the score of 118-107. Joe Ingles led the Jazz in points on the night as he recorded 27 points while shooting 10 of 14 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free throw line. Ingles also led Utah in assists as he recorded 4 on the night in the 30 minutes that he played against the Nets. Rudy Gobert led the Jazz in rebounds on the night as he recorded 18, including 4 offensively.
The Utah Jazz are currently 28-12 on the season which places them in 1st place in the Northwest Division. Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz in points per game with 24.2. Rudy Gobert leads the Jazz in rebounds per game as he has averaged 14.5 per game. Joe Ingles is the assists leader for the Jazz as he is averaging 4.6 per game. The Jazz enter Thursday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Mike Conley is listed as out.
The New Orleans Pelicans welcome the Utah Jazz to town on Thursday night after winning their last game against the Detroit Pistons by the score of 117-110. Jahlil Okafor led New Orleans in points, scoring 25 while going 11 of 21 from the fiend and 3 of 3 from the free throw line. Okafor also led the Pelicans in rebounds, recording 14 the night, including 6 offensively. Lonzo Ball led New Orleans in assists with 9 on the night while playing a total of 46 minutes in the game against the Pistons.
The Pelicans come into Thursday’s game with a record of 15-26 and are currently in 5th place in the Southwest Division. On the year, the Pelicans are led in points per game by Brandon Ingram who has scored 25.1 points per game. Ingram also leads the Pelicans in rebounds per game with 6.8. Jrue Holiday leads the Pelicans in assists per game with 6.5. New Orleans heads into their game against the Jazz with 5 players listed on their injury report as Jrue Holiday and Kenrich Williams are listed as out while Derrick Favors, Jahlil Okafor and J.J. Redick are listed as day to day.
The Utah Jazz have scored an average of 109.7 points per game on the year while allowing 105.8 points per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have averaged 113.2 points per game so far this season while allowing 116.9 points per game. In their last 5 games the Jazz are 5-0 and have currently won 10 games in a row while the Pelicans are 3-2. The Jazz have won the previous 2 meetings between these teams this season by the score of 128-120 and 128-126. The Jazz have won the last 3 meetings against the Pelicans by the average score of 123.33-116.67. I am going with the Jazz in this one. Utah wins 121-108 and covers the spread.