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NBA Game Preview - Jazz underdogs vs Pelicans at New Orleans

Utah JazzNew Orleans Pelicans
23-49March 28, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena31-40

Utah travels to New Orleans on Friday, hoping to boost its 23-49 mark with a victory over the Pelicans.

New Orleans battles the Jazz, currently with a 23-49 mark (33-37-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 37-34 for the Pelicans and 32-40 for the Jazz. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

The Jazz were listed as 5.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 194 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game matches up the No. 25 (Pelicans) and the No. 26 (Jazz) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 90-86 result in favor of the Pelicans is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 91-87 loser as they battled the Grizzlies at home. The Jazz covered in the match as an 8.5-point underdog, while 178 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Jazz got a 22-point performance from Derrick Favors, who added 10 rebounds, but Memphis still ran past Utah 91-87 on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Pelicans were a 98-96 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Clippers. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (194) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Pelicans got a 27-point performance from Anthony Morrow as New Orleans ran past Los Angeles 98-96 on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 22-rated squad against Utah's No. 24-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 29 in the league with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 22 with 6.81 per outing.

Next up:
Utah at Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 30th
New Orleans at San Antonio, Saturday, March 29th