It hasn’t been the season the Pelicans had expected. Losing Zion Williamson was tough and their troubles could be exacerbated by the Jazz.
NBA betting odds have the Jazz as comfortable road favorites, which could be tough to disagree with.
- Game: Utah Jazz (26-10) at New Orleans Pelicans (13-23)
- Location: Smoothie King Center
- Day/Time: Monday, 8 p.m. ET
- TV: BSN
Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans
Jazz Looking to Rebound
Losing games for the Utah Jazz isn’t common practice, so they’ll look to rebound from their 123-116 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
It wasn’t a poor performance by any stretch, but allowing 123 points won’t sit well with coach Quin Snyder. They have the 10th-best defense with 106.2 points per game, so it was a disappointing effort.
However, it broke a winning streak that included wins over Dallas, San Antonio and Portland. The last two games came on the road, where the Jazz are 12-3. It’s an impressive road record, so playing at Smoothie King Center won’t worry them.
For all their success, the Jazz are only 17-18-1 against the spread. They have had a torrid stretch covering spreads over the last few weeks, including a six-game ATS losing streak.
The Jazz won four of those games, but they failed to cover the sportsbook number. Three of the losses came by under four points, so we can’t be too harsh on their performances.
At their disposal is the NBA’s best offense with 116 points per game. They are also leading the league in field goal percentage, so the likes of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are producing the goods.
Pelicans Lost at Sea
Winning three of the last four games isn’t bad, but the New Orleans Pelicans are merely holding on.
They fell to 13-23 following a 136-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, which was a one-sided affair. They couldn’t follow up an impressive 108-104 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was marred by the injury to Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio.
Garrett Temple was the standout player, which didn’t go unnoticed by coach Willie Green.
“He didn’t have a good first half, but he got himself going,” Green told ESPN. “Garrett’s been huge for us, on and off the floor.”
Herbert Jones showed improvement on offense and that could make up for Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart being on the sidelines. Their status is not yet known, but players like Jones dropping 25-plus points helps.
“I try not to pay attention,” Jones said. “Some teammates kept telling me how many points I had. I just tried to stay focused on the next play.”
Betting online markets have the Pelicans as significant underdogs, which isn’t surprising. They are 16-20 ATS, so it doesn’t make for impressive reading.
Jazz in a Cakewalk
It’s never easy to back a team as 10-point favorites on the road, but the Jazz are a team worth following.
They have been excellent basketball on the road and their only recent loss came against the Golden State Warriors, so the form checks out.
Mitchell and Gobert should have a field day, especially if Ingram is still injured. Even if Ingram plays, the Jazz should have too many weapons on offense.
We can see the line moving to around -12 come tip-off, so it could pay to lock in the early value.