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(2-2) Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans (3-0)
Date: Saturday October 27
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -3
NBA Betting Total: 223
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New Orleans is making an early play for most surprising team. Not that people thought they were terrible but I don’t think anyone though they would come out of the gate like they have. They are the only team in the Western Conference who has yet to lose a game.
Utah has not looked as good as they did to close the season last year. Donovan Mitchell was kind of dragging this year but really picked it up in the last game with 38 points. They will look to slow the tempo in this one.
I still feel confident that in the end the Jazz will be over .500 and in the playoff hunt. They will maintain their defensive identity and we will see on a lot of nights that NBA teams are not all that keen to really work. They will win games but this a tough spot.
The fact that Mitchell is coming off a great game is a good sign. The identity of this team may be Rudy Gobert and an elite defense but you have to be able to score too. They need someone to be the lead dog on offense and I don’t think Joe Ingles can do it for a season.
Speaking of Gobert he is only making 73% of his shots and blocking more than 2 shots per game. His presence is being felt but they still need more from others. Jae Crowder was a Swiss army knife with the Celtics but has struggled to find his role with this team.
Australian Dante Exum has been a complete bust but this year he seems healthy and they just might get something out of him. He essentially was made even more redundant with the emergence of Mitchell but you can never have too much depth I suppose.
Utah has had two days and not much travel after winning in Houston. That should give them a great chance to try and slow down this potent Pelicans attack.
New Orleans Pelicans
Just a few games in and a lot to like in the Big Easy. Anthony Davis is looking sharp the addition of Julius Randle looks very sharp. Put the two of them together with Niko Mirotic and you have a frontline that can be very versatile and formidable. They are building it the old way I suppose.
The one thing that makes me nervouus about this club is the run they are giving to Elfrid Payton. I know his numbers to start the season are solid but unless he has really, finally, found a jump shot his numbers are going to regress. They need more in the backcourt and it might not be on the current roster.
More and more I like the Pelicans. Davis just might be the best player in the league and if they ever get a really good backcourt, they could be awesome. They should trade a pick to the Raptors for Delon Wright or Fred VanVleet. This is a good spot for them though the score might be a little lower than what we have been seeing.
NBA Betting Trends:
- UTA are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southwest.
- NO are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- NO are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- Over is 26-12 in NO last 38 home games.
- Over is 9-0 in the last 9 meetings in New Orleans.
- UTA are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
New Orleans is eventually going to lose a game but this is a good spot and a nice small number to get behind. Utah won three of four last year.
Three of the four were over too with the lone under being the game the Pelicans won. Not sure how we apply that early in the season though.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -3
It is hard not to like a homer favourite with a short number like that. Might be a statement game too as they know they haven’t been sharp against Utah in the past.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 112 – Jazz 105
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