New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz - 12/15/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Utah Jazz (16-14) vs New Orleans Pelicans (18-9)

Game Info: Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Arena)

Betting Odds: Utah Jazz +2 -- Over/Under: 231.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz meet Thursday in NBA action at the Vivint Arena. The New Orleans Pelicans have won 7 of their last 8 games. The Utah Jazz have split their last 8 games.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 117 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 25 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 117.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 115.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 22.1 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 19.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is dishing 1.6 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jazz are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The over is 24-11 in Pelicans last 35 Thursday games. The under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 overall. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Utah and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Utah Jazz smoked the Pelicans on Tuesday, so I wouldn't overlook them here. However, I'd expect the New Orleans Pelicans to bounce back given their form over the last couple of weeks. The Pelicans are playing some of the best ball in the league, and they've had success in these spots as they win on the road by an average of 2.3 points and 3.2 points in the underdog role. I'll lay the bucket with the Pelicans and hope for a better result this time around.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -2

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