Jazz vs Pelicans 1/16/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -4
Smoothie King Center is the venue where Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans (15-26, 5th in the Southwest Division) will play the Utah Jazz (28-12, 1st in the Northwest Division) on Thursday. Utah opens this game as 4 point favorites. The over/under is set at 222.
The Jazz cover the spread 55.0% of the time, having gone 22-18-0 ATS. New Orleans covers the spread 48.7% of the time, going 19-20-2 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/18/19 PG Mike Conley Hamstring is out indefinitely
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
10/18/19 PF Zion Williamson Knee is out indefinitely
01/14/20 PF Derrick Favors Hamstring is questionable Thursday vs Utah
01/14/20 PG Jrue Holiday Elbow is questionable Thursday vs Utah
01/14/20 SF Brandon Ingram Knee is questionable Thursday vs Utah
01/14/20 SG JJ Redick Hamstring is questionable Thursday vs Utah
Donovan Mitchell averages 24.2 points per game in 34.5 minutes per contest. He averages 4.4 assists per contest and 4.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%. Rudy Gobert comes into this contest averaging 14.9 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per night. He pulls down 14.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 68% while his free throw percentage is at 61%.
Lonzo Ball averages 12.2 points per game and he sees the court an average of 30.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.6 rebounds per contest and 5.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 51%. Brandon Ingram averages 25.1 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per contest. He grabs 6.8 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is at 87%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Jazz allow 105.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 8th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 6th, and they give up 20.7 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league. Utah averages 109.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.9 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 45.4 rebounds per game and 22.0 assists per contest, which ranks them 16th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 15.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pelicans surrender 116.9 points per contest, which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 23rd and 24th in those defensive statistics. They rank 21st with 24.7 assists allowed per contest, and 19th with 46.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pelicans are 15th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.7 per game. New Orleans is 9th in the league with 113.2 points per game this year. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -3.7. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They are 12th in the league in rebounding with 45.9 boards per game and 9th in assists per contest with 25.3. The Pelicans are 7th in turnovers per game with 15.5.
The Jazz are 11th in the league in defensive rating with 106.9, and their offensive rating of 110.8 is ranked 8th. They are 20th in the NBA in pace with 99 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 4th. As a unit they are 3rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 13th in the NBA. Utah is 6th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 26th in the NBA.
New Orleans is 13th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 8th in the NBA. The Pelicans are 20th in the league in defensive rating with 112.5, and their offensive rating of 108.9 is ranked 26th. They are 6th in the NBA in pace with 102.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 13th. As a unit they are 18th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Pelicans NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Utah -4
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