Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/4/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/4/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (26-36) vs Utah Jazz (39-22)

Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +3.5 -- Over/Under: 227 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Utah Jazz look for a win after winning nine of their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last eight games.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 114.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 26.1 points and 5.3 assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Clarkson is dishing 2.4 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 107.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 46.3 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 26.6 points and 5.9 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.4 points and 5.6 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

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The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pelicans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Pelicans last 26 overall. The Jazz are 12-4-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in New Orleans and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Don't look now, but the New Orleans Pelicans are showing signs of life right now, and they're winning their last five games by an average of 10.8 points. The Pels have betting value right now, and this is a big game for them at home. With all that said, I still need to see more before I can get in bed with the Pelicans against the best teams in the league. The Utah Jazz are far and away the more trustworthy team here, and we're not being asked to lay a lot. I have to side with the Jazz.

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Randy’s Pick Utah Jazz -3.5

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