NBA Preview: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz

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October’s showdown between the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans was a classic example of two teams on opposite trajectories. Coming in undefeated, the Jazz had surged to the top of the Western Conference thanks to an impressive victory over New Orleans, who was looking for their first win of the season.

Fast-forward to Tuesday night’s return match at Salt Lake City, and it is now New Orleans that is riding high after seven consecutive victories – six greater than their opponents. After three months of play, both sides have shown themselves to be serious contenders in what is shaping up to be a fiercely competitive Western Conference race.

Pelicans vs. Jazz Odds/Game Lines

Odds Via FanDuelNO PelicansUTA Jazz
Point Spread-2 (-112)+2 (-108)
Money Line-134+114
TotalO 232.5 (-110)U 232.5 (-110)
Winning at the End of Every Quarter
PelicansAny Other ResultJazz

Note: “Winning at the End of Every Quarter” bets means that the team you pick should be ahead every end the quarter. If neither team does, the bets for “Any Other Result” wins.

Odds Via DraftKingsNO PelicansUTA Jazz
Point Spread-2 (-105)+2 (-115)
Money Line-125-+105
TotalO 232.5 (-110)U 232.5 (-110)

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Pelicans are a Problem

Zion Williamson is currently one of the most sought-after players in the NBA. His latest performance against the Suns saw him score 35 points in each of the victories, shooting 27 of 38 with an average of 7.5 rebounds. It’s the fourth time in his last six games that he’s crossed the 30-point mark, and he has averaged 31.2 points overall in that stretch. His dominance just doesn’t stop there.

His last game against the Jazz also saw him score 25 points despite not finishing after a hard spill in the fourth quarter; as he continues to grow and develop as a player, likely, Williamson is only going to get better and hotter as the season progresses.

However, Zion is not the only threat, as five other Pelicans are averaging in double figures – Brandon Ingram (20.8), CJ McCollum (17.5), Jonas Valanciunas (13.2), Trey Murphy III (12.9), and Herbert Jones (10.6). In addition, Jose Alvarado and Larry Nance Jr. are averaging 9.7 and 9,5 points per game, respectively.

Stopping Zion will just be one of the several threats that the Jazz needs to solve to secure a home win.

Injured Jazz in a Rough Stretch

Despite their current circumstances, the Jazz have impressed in the face of adversity. While slipping to 15-14 after a 12-6 start, they pushed the Nuggets to the brink despite many key players being absent due to illness and injury. Both Lauri Markkanen and Mike Conley were out with illness and injury management, respectively.

Jordan Clarkson was absent with a bruised right hip, while Collin Sexton was also ruled out with a hamstring strain. Given their lack of depth, the Jazz should be proud of their performance against Denver.

The Utah Jazz has a tight grasp on their current standings in the Western Conference, hovering dangerously close to the lower half. At the present moment, they are situated in ninth place for contention, with only a half-game cushion between them and the top-six spots. Unsurprisingly, the NBA is as competitive as ever this season, and for the Jazz to remain among playoff contenders come April, it will require them to keep healthy and make every match count.