In this battle between two playoff bound Western Conference teams, the New Orleans Pelicans (38-27), who saw a lengthy winning streak end and are looking to bounce back, are hosting the Utah Jazz (36-30), who want to extend a winning streak of their own and get inside the playoff spots of the West. Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-11-2018, 15:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5
Pelicans have a 38-27 record (35-29-1 against the spread) so far this season. New Orleans is in 4th place of the Western Conference overall standings. In their last game they saw a ten-game winning streak getting snapped by losing against the Wizards at home with a 97-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 28.1 ppg. The Pelicans’ center adds 11.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by DeMarcus Cousins with 25.2 ppg, 5.2 assists and a team high 12.9 rebounds per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
Jazz have a 36-30 record (35-31-0 against the spread) so far this season. And Utah is tied with the Denver Nuggets for 9th overall place in the West. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Grizzlies with a 95-78 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 19.7 ppg. Newly aquired Jae Crowder follows with 13.5 ppg and 3.5 rebounds. Rudy Gobert adds 13.4 ppg and a team high 10.4 rebounds per game.
Jazz lead the Pelicans 2-1 wins so far this season and the last game in New Orleans ended with a 109-133 score in favor of Utah. Pelicans are 17-13 at home so far this season. While Jazz are 15-19 on the road. The Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 112.2 ppg to Jazz’s 102.6, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 100.4 ppg to Pelicans’ third-worse of 111.6. Pelicans have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 48.33% to Jazz’s 45.76%, while Jazz have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.87% to Pelicans’ 36.43%. Pelicans are better both in rebounding, grabbing 43.8 to Jazz’s 42.5 and in assists made, with a second-best of 26.5 to Jazz’s 21.6. It is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give the Jazz a -2.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Pelicans will take advantage of the home court and get away with the win.
Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 (-110)
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