Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans - 1/3/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans - 1/3/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (13-23) vs Utah Jazz (26-10)

Game Info: Monday, January 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +10.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Utah Jazz look for a win after winning 14 of their last 17 games. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after winning six of their last nine games.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 116 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 25.6 points and 5.2 assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Clarkson is dishing 2.2 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 105.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.5 points and 12 rebounds. Devonte’ Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game.

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The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 21-9 ATS in their last 30 Monday games. The over is 15-6-1 in Jazz last 22 overall. The over is 4-0 in Pelicans last 4 overall. The Jazz are 11-4-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings in New Orleans and 13-6-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings.

The Utah Jazz are head and shoulders the more trustworthy team, and they actually win on the road by an average of 11.8 points. However, the New Orleans Pelicans have strung together some nice wins over the last two weeks, and they've played easily their best ball at home. It's also worth noting the Jazz are just 5-10-1 against the spread this season as a double-digit favorite. So while the Jazz win and play better, they're not covering these massive numbers this season like they did a year ago. Give me the Pels and free buckets.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +10.5

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