Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 7/30/2020
Game: Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Location: HP Field House in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -1.5
Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz (41-23, 2nd in the Northwest Division) are headed to HP Field House on Thursday where they'll meet the New Orleans Pelicans (28-36, 4th in the Southwest Division). The spread on this matchup has Utah as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 222.5.
The Jazz cover 48.4% of the time, having gone 30-32-2 ATS. New Orleans is covering 53.2% of the time, going 33-29-2 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
07/02/20 SG Donovan Mitchell COVID-19 is probable Thursday vs New Orleans
07/02/20 C Rudy Gobert COVID-19 is probable Thursday vs New Orleans
06/28/20 SF Bojan Bogdanovic Wrist is out for season
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
07/16/20 PF Zion Williamson Personal is questionable Thursday vs Utah
Donovan Mitchell comes into this contest averaging 24.2 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 86%. Rudy Gobert averages 15.1 points per game in 34.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 13.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 70% for the year while his free throw percentage is 62%.
Jrue Holiday averages 19.6 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per game and has 6.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 70%. Brandon Ingram averages 24.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.3 rebounds per contest and 4.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah averages 111.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.2 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per game, which ranks them 13th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 14.9 per game. The Jazz allow 107.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.6 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 12.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans is 4th in the league with 116.2 points per game this year. They are 13th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -0.8. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 4th in the NBA. They are 4th in the league in rebounding with 47.0 boards per game, and 3rd in assists per contest with 27.0. The Pelicans are 2nd in turnovers per game with 16.2. The Pelicans surrender 117.0 points per contest, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 19th and 16th in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 24.6 assists allowed per contest and 16th with 45.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pelicans are 17th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per game.
The Jazz are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 109.4, and their offensive rating of 112.6 is ranked 12th. They are 24th in the NBA in pace with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 2nd. As a unit they are 2nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 9th in the NBA. Utah is 6th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 23rd in the NBA.
New Orleans is 5th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 14th in the league. The Pelicans are 15th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.8, and their defensive rating of 111.6 is ranked 18th. In terms of pace they are 2nd in the league with 103.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 14th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 8th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Pelicans NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Utah -1.5
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