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NBA Game Preview - Pelicans underdogs vs Jazz at Utah

New Orleans PelicansUtah Jazz
3-5November 13, 2013, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena0-8

Utah will look to improve on its 0-8 record on Wednesday when they host New Orleans in NBA odds action at EnergySolutions Arena.

Utah battles the Pelicans, currently with a 3-5 mark (3-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 3-5 for the Jazz and 4-4 for the Pelicans. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Those backing the visitors in this one found the Pelicans listed as 2-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 189.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

This game pits the Jazz, currently No. 15 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Pelicans, who rate No. 16 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 87-75 victory for the Pelicans.

The Pelicans were a 116-95 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Lakers. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (211) made winners of OVER bettors. New Orleans was crushed on Tuesday, getting run out of the gym by Los Angeles and falling 116-95 at STAPLES Center.

The Jazz were a 100-81 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (181) made winners of UNDER bettors. Utah suffered a 100-81 loss against Denver on Monday, getting 22 points from Gordon Hayward in a losing effort at EnergySolutions Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pelicans rank No. 19 in the league with 41.63 per game. That compares with Utah’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Utah is the NBA’s No. 30-ranked team at 4.12 per game, while the Pelicans rate No. 25 with 5.25 per contest.

Next up:
New Orleans home to Philadelphia, Saturday, November 16th
Utah home to San Antonio, Friday, November 15th