New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz - 1/6/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans
Monday, January 6, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Smoothie King Center)
Jazz at Pelicans +3
The Utah Jazz travel to Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. The Jazz come in on a five-game winning streak, the most recent a dominating win on the road over the Orlando Magic winning 109-96 to improve to 23-12 on the year. The Pelicans grinded out a win over the Sacramento Kings 117-115 to improve their record to 12-24 on the season.
The Pelicans boast a top ten offense in the NBA scoring 112.4 points per game to rank 9th in the NBA in scoring offense. The Pelicans love to run the ball ranking 4th in the NBA in fast break points per game and shooting just 44.8% from the field which ranks 21st in the NBA. Leading the Pelicans is future superstar Brandon Ingram who averages 24.9 points per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. The catalyst for the Pelicans recent success however has been former #2 overall pick Lonzo Ball who had 24 points and added 10 assists and 6 rebounds in the latest win over the Sacramento Kings.
The Jazz have struggled on the offensive end this season averaging 107.9 points per game to rank 22nd in the NBA in scoring offense. Utah is led by dominant guard Donovan Mitchell who averages 25.1 points per game while adding 4.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Mitchell ranks 10th in the NBA in points per game and shoulders the offensive load. Center Rudy Gobert is averaging a double-double with 14.7 points and 14.2 rebounds per game.
The Jazz success can be attributed to their effort on the defensive end which is led by back to back defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert; Gobert averages nearly two blocks a game for the Utah defense which is allowing opponents to score just 105.3 points per game and ranks 5th in the NBA this season. The Pelicans bring one of the worst defenses in the NBA allowing teams to score 116.6 points per game which ranks them 28th in the NBA in scoring defense.
Recent backers of both the Utah Jazz and Pelicans have been very successful as Utah has covered six straight games and have won five of those contests. The Pelicans record in their last six games ATS is 5-0-1 and they have won five of their last six games straight up. The Utah defense will continue their dominance. Final score prediction, the Jazz go on the road and win by 10+, easily covering the spread with a 120-103 final score.