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NBA odds preview - Pelicans vs. Jazz

New Orleans PelicansUtah Jazz
32-43April 04, 2014, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena23-52

New Orleans pays a visit to Utah on Friday, hoping to send the Jazz to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Pelicans will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 31-38-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Jazz are 33-39-3 ATS. New Orleans is 40-35 against the total, while Utah is 34-41 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View New Orleans Pelicans vs Utah Jazz Odds and Stats.

The Jazz - Pelicans odds would favor the Pelicans if the lines were set according to power ranks. Utah is rated No. 28 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Pelicans sit at No. 23. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 90-86 win for the Pelicans.

New Orleans lost its last outing, a 137-107 result against the Nuggets on April 2. The Pelicans failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 244 combined points took the game OVER the total. New Orleans was run off the court by the Nuggets on Wednesday as Denver blasted them 137-107 at Pepsi Center.

Utah was a 92-83 loser in its last match at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 175 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Jazz endured a 92-83 loss at the hands of the Knicks on Monday, despite an 18 -point effort from Gordon Hayward at EnergySolutions Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Utah's No. 29-ranked offense (94.31 PPG) against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 20 at 102.52 PPG. The Jazz have averaged 44.12% from the field per game, less than the Pelicans have managed so far this season (45.98% on average).

A few Pelicans at Jazz trends to consider:
New Orleans is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans's last 11 games
New Orleans is 3-9-2 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
New Orleans is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Utah is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Utah is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Utah is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
New Orleans at Portland, Sunday, April 6th
Utah at Golden State, Sunday, April 6th