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Jazz vs Hornets Betting Preview

New Orleans HornetsUtah Jazz
April 5, 9:00 PM | EnergySolutions Arena

New Orleans Hornets vs Utah Jazz Odds

26-49TEAM RECORD39-37

New Orleans travels to Utah on Friday, hoping to boost its 26-49 mark with a victory over the Jazz.

This season the Jazz are 39-37 overall and 39-36-1 ATS against the number, while the Hornets are 26-49 and 37-38 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Utah is 38-37-1 on the OU, and New Orleans is 40-35.

View New Orleans vs Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 193.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 24-rated Hornets taking on the No. 16-rated Jazz in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 97-94 win for the Jazz on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 98.6 PPG, against a Hornets defense that ranks No. 14 at 97.6 PPG. The Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Hornets shooters have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.

Defensively, the Hornets feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.5 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 98-88 loser as they battled the Warriors on the road. The Hornets failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog, while 186 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. New Orleans suffered a 98-88 loss against Golden State on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Eric Gordon in a losing effort at Oracle Arena.

In their last action, Utah was a 113-96 loser at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (209) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Jazz endured a 113-96 loss at the hands of the Nuggets on Wednesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Gordon Hayward at EnergySolutions Arena.

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Phoenix are 3-7
After playing Golden State are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Golden State are 6-4
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Hornets at Jazz trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 12 games when playing on the road against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games on the road
New Orleans is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Utah's last 8 games
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Utah is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
New Orleans at Phoenix, Sunday, April 7
Utah at Golden State, Sunday, April 7