New Orleans Pelicans (5-16) vs. Utah Jazz (12-7)
The New Orleans Pelicans will stay in Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz for the second time in a row as they are also playing the Jazz on Friday. The Pels beat the Washington Wizards following a couple of losses, but they are still one of the worst teams in the Western Conference and the entire NBA with a 5-16 record. The Jazz, on the other hand, won four of the last five games entering Friday and managed to bounce back from a narrow home defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies with a road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
These Western Conference rivals hadn't met this season until Friday, when New Orleans won 98-97. They faced each other on three occasions last year, and Utah won two of those three meetings. This game will tip-off at 9 PM ET on Saturday, November 27.
Pelicans’ offense clicked in a win over the WizardsThe New Orleans Pelicans displayed their best offensive performance of the season as they scored 127 points in a 127-102 home win over the Washington Wizards. The Pels avoided the third consecutive loss and covered a +3.5 spread, which was the only second time in six games they managed to cover. New Orleans now has an 9-12 ATS record.
The Pelicans were better in assists (33-23) and steals (13-5), while they committed just 10 turnovers opposite to Washington’s 19. Brandon Ingram led the Pels with 26 points and five rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double of 21 points and game-high 11 boards, along with four assists, Josh Hart had 16 points, seven rebounds, four dishes, and two steals, while Willy Hernangomez posted 13 points, seven boards, four assists, and two blocks. Zion Williamson is still out with a foot injury, while the NBA has suspended DiDi Louzada for 25 games without pay for violating the NBA/NBPA’s Anti-Drug program, and he is not going to play on Saturday.
The Pelicans have the 26th ranked offense in the NBA that is scoring 101.8 points per game, while they have been the 3rd best from the stripe with 81.8%. New Orleans has the No. 22 defense that is allowing 108.7 points per contest.
Jazz win over the Thunder harder than expectedThe Utah Jazz managed to respond to a narrow home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies with a 110-104 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Still, the Jazz failed to cover a -14 spread, which is the second straight time they didn’t cover. After this, the Jazz are standing at a 10-9 ATS record.
Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 20 points and team-high five assists. Bojan Bogdanovic was right behind with 19 points and five rebounds, Mike Conley added 18 points and four dishes, Rudy Gay scored 15 with five rebounds, while Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double of 15 points and game-high 17 boards, along with a game-high five blocks. Royce O'Neale (right foot/ankle sprain) played on Friday night vs. New Orleans, and is expected to suit up again.
📓| "We had some breakdowns, but we did a lot of good things that we can look back on and be proud of."https://t.co/4Xnhm4yeEZ— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 25, 2021
The Jazz have the fourth-best offense in the NBA that is scoring 111.5 points per game and are among the top 5 teams in field goal (46.6%) and rebounds (46.9). When it comes to the defense, Utah has the 4th best D that is letting 103.2 points per night, while the Jazz have the 7th best perimeter D (32.7%) and they are allowing 41.5 boards to the opponents (2nd).
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
It’s going to be the second of back-to-back games between these teams, and even though each side will learn a lot about the opponent from game one, I still expect the hosts to cover and secure a convincing win. Utah is a dominant team comparing it to New Orleans as it has a top 5 offense and top 5 defense. Also, the experience is entirely on the Jazz’s side, and I don’t think the young Pelicans can cope with the Jazz in Salt Lake City. The interior will be the Pels’ biggest problem. First of all, they don’t have a dominant center that is capable of facing Rudy Gobert. Secondly, Gobert is the best interior defender in the league, and even when he is on the bench, Hassan Whiteside is there to be a nightmare to the rivals. Go with the Jazz.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Jazz have a dominant home defense and everybody knows it, but the only reason I am going with Over is that it’s going to be the second of back-to-back games. That said, I expect to see some tired legs late in the game, and naturally, a lot of easy buckets in the second half. Although neither has a positive O/U record this season, seven of the previous ten H2H encounters went Over. Utah scored 118+ points in each of the last three games at home prior to Friday, while New Orleans allowed 105+ points to the opponents in each of its last seven games.