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The Utah Jazz will be going for their second consecutive win when they face the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. The Jazz are coming off a 124-109 win over Orlando as 9.5-point favorites. The Pelicans are coming off a 117-114 loss to San Antonio as two-point favorites.
Utah is 8-2 in its last 10 games against New Orleans.
Jazz Going For Fourth Win In Five Games
The Jazz bounced back from their loss to Miami with a win over Orlando in their last game, giving them the first win of their current road trip. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Pelicans, which will give them their second win in a row and fourth win in their last five games.
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Utah is one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 116.2 points per game. They finished with 124 points in their last game, making 52.9 percent of their field goals and 37.8 percent of their three-pointers.
Donovan Mitchell led the way for Utah with 31 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Jordan Clarkson finished with 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Rudy Gobert added 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.
Utah has also played well defensively, giving up 106.5 points per game. They gave up 109 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Pelicans Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak
The Pelicans lost both games of their two-game road trip and hope some home cooking will get them back on track against the Jazz, who took the first two meetings of the season. They will try to snap their losing streak and pick up their third win in their last five games when they play on Monday.
What. A. Move.
B.I. cuts the lead to 3! pic.twitter.com/mDTfaeJUPv
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 28, 2021
New Orleans has done well offensively, averaging 115.5 points per game. They finished with 114 points in their last game, making 44 percent of their field goals and 28.1 percent of their three-pointers.
Brandon Ingram led the way for New Orleans with 29 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Zion Williamson finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists, while Eric Bledsoe added 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Pelicans.
New Orleans is one of the worst defensive teams in the league, giving up 115.7 points per game. They gave up 117 points in their last game and will need a significantly better performance if they want to win this game.
New Orleans is:
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Northwest Division.
- 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games.
- 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games on the road.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Pelicans continue to struggle defensively and gave up 121.3 points per game in their last three games. They have been just as bad at home, giving up 122.7 points per game in their last four games, and will have a hard time slowing down the Jazz, who have shot the ball well in their last three games, while averaging 118 points per game. The Jazz have the third-best defense in the league and have also played well on the road. Even though the Pelicans have played well offensively in recent games, scoring over 120 points per game in their last three games. They struggled in their first two meetings against the Jazz, averaging 110 points per game, and will struggle once again because the Jazz gave up 107.3 points per game in their last three games. With the Jazz winning their last three games against the Pelicans and covering in all three games, Utah is the smart bet here.
Utah Jazz -7.5
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Full-Game Total Pick
The Jazz are averaging 116.2 points per game and 114.4 points per game on the road. Even though they are 27th in pace, with the team averaging 101.5 possessions per game, they will hit their average against the Pelicans, who are giving up 114.7 points per game at home. The Pelicans are averaging 115.5 points per game and 117.9 points per game at home. They also play at a slow pace, with the team averaging 102.4 possessions per game. They are facing a defense that is giving up 108 points per game on the road and will be held under their average in this game, which will keep the score under the total.