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Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction

Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction

Utah Jazz

January 22

03:00

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Utah Jazz

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After a comfortable 118-102 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in the early hours on Wednesday, Donovan Mitchell and co hope they extend their winning streak to seven games by earning back-to-back victories over Stan Van Gundy's men Friday morning.

Mitchell had 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists while All-Star teammate Rudy Gobert had a double-double (13 pts, 18 rebs) as they cruised to victory after an impressive third quarter.

Zion Williamson recorded his third 30-point game of the campaign, but it wasn't enough to help the Pelicans avoid yet another defeat - four from their last five matches. How will they respond, after a rough night? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

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Jordan Clarkson had 18 points, six rebounds and assists while Joe Ingles scored a game-high five threes in 19 minutes from the bench. Reserve small forward Georges Niang (10 pts, 1 reb and ast) was decent in 13 minutes too, during an impressive performance that satisfied Mitchell post-game.

"The biggest thing is we're shooting our shots, not passing up 3s."

They shot 21-of-47 from deep (44.7%), a statistic only power forward Royce O'Neale is averaging higher than so far (45.6% 3P%) through 14 games.

They defended well, making it difficult for the Pelicans who trailed throughout the second half. Head coach Van Gundy was frustrated with how easy it was for them, wherever they went:

"We couldn't stop them on anything: obviously what stands out is the 21 3s, but they also didn't have any trouble getting to the rim. So they got whatever they wanted, we didn't take anything away from them."

Ingram, who shot 8-of-18 from the field (17 pts, four assists, two blocks) revealed Utah's playing style is well-known but they were unable to stop it.

Lonzo Ball (knee) returned after a three-game absence but was unable to provide the same success Joe Ingles (Achilles) had - he's now shooting just 3-of-22 in his last three games from distance.

He doesn't need to be told those statistics need improving while starting teammates Eric Bledsoe (9 pts) and Steven Adams (9 rebs, 6 pts) didn't get into double-digit scoring either.

Utah finished the game with a 60-45 edge on total rebounds, all pitching in to make it less about defending against the sheer length and power Zion-Adams possess - more about positioning - key for fast-break points and smoother transitions between possessions.

Subtle things like that, as well as limiting their total turnovers (14-8), will be key as they look to earn another win before hosting Golden State on Saturday night.

Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Tips

ESPN's Basketball Power Index has given Utah a narrow edge (57.5%) to replicate their midweek win and in fairness, it's not exactly surprising.

Both teams have endured rough nights and also enjoyed better performances so far this season, though Quin Snyder's men are significantly better placed in the Western Conference right now through 14 games while NOLA is a disappointing 3-5 away from home.

The Pels' Ball-Bledsoe backcourt struggled (16 points, six assists on 6-of-19 shooting) and while you'd expect they improve, the same criticism could be levelled at their bench: none of them recorded double-digit scoring, while three Jazz players were by contrast in Snyder's second unit.

I think that will be the decisive storyline, rather than Zion and Ingram against the Mitchell-Gobert pairings often headlining these matchups in the build-up.

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Utah Jazz (6)

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Utah Jazz

25-02-2021

114 - 89 LA Lakers

L
23-02-2021

132 - 110 Charlotte Hornets

L
20-02-2021

116 - 112 LA Clippers

L
18-02-2021

96 - 114 LA Clippers

W
16-02-2021

134 - 123 Philadelphia 76ers

L
14-02-2021

112 - 94 Miami Heat

L
13-02-2021

129 - 115 Milwaukee Bucks

L
10-02-2021

122 - 108 Boston Celtics

L
07-02-2021

95 - 103 Indiana Pacers

W
06-02-2021

121 - 138 Charlotte Hornets

W

Denver Nuggets

W

110 - 112 Washington Wizards

26-02-2021
L

111 - 106 Portland Trail Blazers

24-02-2021
L

123 - 115 Atlanta Hawks

22-02-2021
W

103 - 120 Cleveland Cavaliers

20-02-2021
L

130 - 128 Washington Wizards

18-02-2021
L

112 - 99 Boston Celtics

17-02-2021
L

122 - 105 LA Lakers

15-02-2021
L

97 - 95 Oklahoma City Thunder

13-02-2021
L

133 - 95 Cleveland Cavaliers

11-02-2021
W

112 - 125 Milwaukee Bucks

09-02-2021
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets Head to Head (H2H)
31-01-2021

Denver Nuggets

128
117

Utah Jazz

18-01-2021

Denver Nuggets

105
109

Utah Jazz

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Denver Nuggets
Predicted Lineup

Donovan Mitchell

Royce O'Neale

Mike Conley

Rudy Gobert

Bojan Bogdanovic

Eric Bledsoe

Zion Williamson

Lonzo Ball

Steven Adams

Brandon Ingram

Latest results
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114-89 vs LA Lakers (H)

W

132-110 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

W

112-116 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

114-96 vs LA Clippers (A)

W

134-123 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

W

112-94 vs Miami Heat (H)

W

129-115 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

W

122-108 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

103-95 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

W

138-121 vs Charlotte Hornets (A)

W
L

110-112 vs Washington Wizards (H)

W

111-106 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

L

115-123 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

W

120-103 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

128-130 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-112 vs Boston Celtics (A)

W

122-105 vs LA Lakers (H)

W

97-95 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

W

133-95 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

112-125 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

114-89 vs LA Lakers (H)

W

132-110 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

W

134-123 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

W

112-94 vs Miami Heat (H)

W

129-115 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

W

122-108 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W
L

110-112 vs Washington Wizards (H)

W

111-106 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

W

122-105 vs LA Lakers (H)

W

97-95 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

W

133-95 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

112-125 vs Milwaukee Bucks (H)

112-116 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

114-96 vs LA Clippers (A)

W

103-95 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

W

138-121 vs Charlotte Hornets (A)

W
L

115-123 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

W

120-103 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

128-130 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-112 vs Boston Celtics (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
20.01.2021

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