New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 12/15/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest-Rocky Mountain
Vivint Arena is the location where the Utah Jazz will try to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.
The Pelicans played the Jazz and took a loss by a final of 121-100 in their last game. New Orleans wrapped up the game having earned a 39.8% FG percentage (37 out of 93) and buried 4 of 27 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Pelicans made 22 of their 33 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they collected 43 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 25 assists for the game while creating 19 turnovers and having 12 steals. In regard to defense, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 47.6% from the floor on 49 out of 103 shooting. Utah totaled 31 assists and had 4 steals in this contest. In addition, Utah collected 59 rebounds (19 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Utah went 66.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of 12 tries. They knocked down 15 of their 47 attempts from distance. In regard to personal fouls, the Pelicans walked away with 17 and the Jazz finished the game with 23 personal fouls.
Zion Williamson is a guy who was a major factor for this game. He accounted for 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26 mins played and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Williamson shot 62.5% from the field and also totaled 5 dimes.
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New Orleans heads into this one with a record of 18-9 for the campaign. They are averaging 117.0 points per outing (5th in basketball) while shooting 48.5% from the field. The Pelicans are connecting on 36.0% on three-point attempts (293 of 813) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, New Orleans is pulling in 45.1 rebounds per contest and has totaled 728 dimes so far this year, which ranks 8th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 14.8 times per game and as a unit they commit 19.6 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end of the court, the Pelicans are forcing their opponents into 16.3 turnovers per game and they draw 20.6 fouls. They are relinquishing 33.5% on 3-point attempts while they are 9th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (111.0). The Pelicans defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 46.1% (1,113 of 2,412) and they concede 42.5 boards per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 12th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 692 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Jazz walked away with a victory by a final of 121-100 when they played the Pelicans. The Jazz were able to pull down 40 defensive boards and 19 offensive rebounds for a total of 59 in this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 19 times, while getting 4 steals in the game. The Pelicans committed 17 fouls for this game which took the Jazz to the charity stripe for 12 shots. They were able to convert 8 of the free throws for a clip of 66.7%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Utah converted 15 of 47 attempts (31.9%). Overall, the Jazz finished shooting 49 for 103 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.6%. The Jazz permitted the Pelicans to make 37 of their 93 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 39.8% in this game. They finished the game shooting 14.8% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 4 out of 27 and finished the game at 22 of 33 from the free throw line (66.7%). In the matter of rebounding, Utah permitted New Orleans to get 43 in total (15 offensive).
Malik Beasley ended up being important for the Jazz for this game. He made 8 out of 19 in the game for a field goal rate of 42.1%, and had 2 rebounds. Beasley racked up 21 points in his 31 mins on the court and had 4 dimes for the matchup.
Utah has a win-loss record of 16-14 for the season. When it comes to offense, the Jazz are connecting on 47.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 8th in basketball. Utah has tallied 3,522 pts for the year (117.4 per contest) and they snag 44.3 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.8 times per contest (8th in the league) and they turn it over 16.0 times per contest. The Jazz are responsible for committing 21.4 fouls every game and they hit 77.6% from the charity stripe.
The Jazz on defense are ranked 21st in the NBA in PPG given up with 115.3. They have forced 14.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (19th in the NBA). The Utah defense concedes 33.4% on shots from distance (306 of 915) and opponents are making 78.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 23.1 dimes and 43.7 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 4th and 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah
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