Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 3/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-7.5)
The Utah Jazz (27-7) go to Smoothie King Center on Monday where they'll take on the New Orleans Pelicans (14-19). New Orleans opens this matchup as 7.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 234.
The Utah Jazz played the Orlando Magic and walked away with a win by a score of 124-109 in their last game. Utah finished the game with a 52.9% field goal percentage (45 out of 85) and knocked down 17 of their 45 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Jazz converted 17 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned 52 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 29 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 3 turnovers and earning 2 steals. When talking about defending, Utah let their opponent shoot 45.8% from the field on 44 out of 96 shooting. Orlando recorded 27 dimes and had 6 steals in the game. Additionally, Orlando grabbed 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Orlando ended up going 87.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 7 of their 8 tries. They converted 14 out of their 34 shots from long range.
Donovan Mitchell is one player who came through in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 31 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He played 35:22 minutes and also snagged 4 boards. Mitchell finished the contest at 52.6% from the field and also totaled 6 dimes. Someone else that came through in the game for the Jazz was Joe Ingles. He pulled down 2 rebounds in 31:04 min played on the night. He walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the field for the contest by going 7-of-13 (17 points). When this game wrapped up, Ingles accounted for 7 assists.
Utah will play this game with a mark of 27-7 on the season. They are averaging 116.2 pts per contest (3rd in the NBA) while hitting 46.9% from the floor. The Jazz are shooting 39.6% on shots from downtown (576 of 1,455) and 77.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Utah is grabbing 48.1 boards per contest and is sitting with 811 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 16th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 14.3 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.7 personal fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Jazz are able to force 11.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.6 personal fouls. They currently rank 5th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 745 surrendered so far this year. The Jazz defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.4% (393 of 666) and they surrender 42.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They relinquish 35.2% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 3rd in basketball in points per game allowed (106.5).
In their last game, the New Orleans Pelicans went home defeated by a final of 117-114 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Pelicans were able to pull down 35 defensive boards and 17 offensive boards totaling 52 in this matchup. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 3 steals for the game. The Spurs were called for 26 fouls for this game which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 31 tries. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throw tries for a clip of 80.6%. In reference to 3-pointers, New Orleans knocked down 9 out of their 32 attempts (28.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Pelicans shot 40 out of 91 from the field which gave them a rate of 44.0%. The Pelicans allowed the Spurs to convert 41 out of their 86 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.7% in the matchup. They shot 37.5% from distance by shooting 12 out of 32 and ended up going 23 out of 28 at the free throw line (82.1%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, New Orleans permitted San Antonio to get 38 in total (8 offensive).
Brandon Ingram was important for the Pelicans for this game. He made 11 of 23 in the game for a field goal rate of 47.8%, and had 4 rebounds. Ingram scored 29 points in his 36:18 minutes of playing time and tallied 5 assists in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He walked away with 5 dimes in his 34:41 mins played, and he shot 8 out of 15 from the floor. Williamson ended the game having shot 53.3% from the floor in addition to collecting 23 points and 14 rebounds.
New Orleans has a win-loss record of 14-19 this year. The Pelicans commit 17.5 fouls per game and they go 73.1% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 25.4 times per contest (12th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest. New Orleans has tallied 3,811 points for the season (115.5 per contest) and they average 46.3 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Pelicans are connecting on 48.3% from the floor, which ranks 6th in the league. The Pelicans are ranked 26th in the league in PPG allowed with 115.7. They relinquish 27.7 dimes and 40.6 rebounds every game, which is 29th and 1st in basketball. The New Orleans defense surrenders 39.4% from downtown (521 of 1,323) and their opponents are converting on 79.5% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 13.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.5% from the floor (25th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah (-7.5)
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