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Jazz, Pelicans Facing a Huge Monday Total

Mike Conley's Jazz are favored in the Utah vs New Orleans odds.

The Utah Jazz enjoy their latest franchise homecoming as the team with the best record in the NBA – and they’re showing no signs of slowing down as they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. The Jazz (27-7 SU, 25-8-1 ATS) are on an incredible cover stretch as they return to Louisiana to face the Pelicans (14-19 SU, 14-19 ATS).


Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans
  • Date/Time: March 1, 8 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center
  • TV Coverage: NBATV
  • Opening Odds: Jazz -7.5 | O/U 234 (Line History)
  • Jazz vs Pelicans Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Utah opened at -7.5, but money on the underdog has shifted that line to -7 in most spots. The total has also seen modest movement, rising a point and a half from a 234 open.

Utah News & Notes

Utah looked out of sync in Miami, dropping a 124-116 decision that halted a two-game winning streak, but the Jazz fixed those issues the next time out, cruising past Orlando 124-109 to earn a split of their two-game Florida jaunt. The Jazz have lost back-to-back games just once this season and are an incredible 23-3 SU since doing so back on January 5-6.

There’s more good news for Jazz fans and backers, with point guard Mike Conley expected to return following a one-game absence due to a hamstring injury. Conley has had a strong season despite not having to shoulder much of the offensive load; his 23.1 percent usage rate matches his mark from last year and is his lowest since 2015-16 when he was with the Memphis Grizzlies.

New Orleans News & Notes

It’s been a rough go for the Pelicans, who are just 3-7 SU and ATS in their past 10 games and have had all sorts of problems beating the original New Orleans franchise in their return to Louisiana (going just 1-8 SU in the Jazz’s last nine visits).

It’s worth noting, however, that the Pelicans fought hard on their recent two-game mini-trip, falling to San Antonio and Milwaukee by a combined seven points.

One bright spot in the Pelicans’ dismal 2020-21 season has been the emergence of Zion Williamson as one of the top players in the NBA. The second-year big man and former No. 1 overall pick is averaging a career-best 25.5 points while shooting a blistering 61.5 percent from the field; he also ranks fifth in the league with a 27.12 Player Efficiency Rating for the season.

Betting Pick: UNDER 235.5 (-110)

The Pelicans are on an OVER heater at Smoothie King, but let’s not get carried away here. Both teams play at a below-average pace, and the Jazz are one of the most responsible defensive teams in the NBA.

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Shark Bites
  • The Jazz are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games.
  • The Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs the Northwest Division.
  • The OVER is 5-0 in New Orleans’ last 5 home games.