NBA: Utah Jazz - New Orleans Pelicans
- Title : NBA: Utah Jazz - New Orleans Pelicans
Jazz are on a roll right now, and I don’t see it slowing down here. Utah has won five straight games, with wins over very good Nuggets and Bucks teams in that span. Five of their last six wins have come by at least ten points, so I’m not too worried about this spread. They’ve managed to go 9-4 despite playing nine of their first 13 games on the road, so they should only get better as they finally get to settle back in at home. The Pelicans have been a disaster recently, losing five of their past six games, and one measly win over the Kings isn’t enough to get me back
This game brings a matchup of two teams who want to play slower than most to play to their strengths: defense and rebounding. Offensively, these teams differ in philosophy, where Utah utilizes the 3-point ball heavily and New Orleans looks to attack inside.
I really expect Jazz to cover and win their sixth straight game. The Pelicans won’t have their defensive woes fixed overnight even if Lonzo Ball plays and is at his best as they need to drastically improve their defense on the two most efficient shots in basketball: layups and short corner threes.
Utah’s hot streak comes behind complete, all-around performances that have seen it win by an average of 16.2 points per game. Defensively, its performance on opposing shooters stands out the most as opponents only shot 27.8% from behind the arc during their run. With Gobert and Derrick Favors constantly controlling the paint, teams have nowhere to turn.
Offensively, Utah’s perimeter shooting has been lights out, making 19 3-pointers per game. Being able to shoot so well will put the Pelicans in a hole they can’t escape.Back Utah to continue its dominant run on defense and shoot New Orleans out on offense.
|Prediction||Utah Jazz -4.5 Line - Including Overtime|
|Start Time||03:10 : 20-Jan-21|