The Jazz and Pelicans are set to face off at 8:00 ET on BSNO. The Pelicans will host the game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. The over/under for this Western conference contest is set at 238.5 points, with the Pelicans being the favored team playing at home against the Jazz.


The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -8.5

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-103 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Zion Williamson finishing with Zion Williamson points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.8% and knocking down 12 threes.

Will the Jazz Win in New Orleans?

As the Jazz get set to take on the Pelicans, they are 8.5-point underdogs and will be looking to extend their win streak to four games. So far, Utah is 13-18 and in 12th place in the West.

When playing on the road, the Jazz have an average scoring differential of -12 points per game and an overall road record of 5-13. Against the spread, Utah is 7-11 on the road and have covered the spread in three straight road games.

In their last game, the Jazz took down the Spurs by a score of 130-118 and easily covered the spread as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under line in that game was 241.5 points, and the teams combined to score 248 points.

Utah's average over/under line this season is 229.9 points, and their games have averaged 232.9 points. The team's over/under record for the season is 18-12-1. So far, 26 of their 31 games have had over/under lines lower than the 238.5-point line for today's matchup.

After scoring 130 points in their last game, the Jazz have increased their season average to 113.5 PPG. Lauri Markkanen leads the team in scoring with 24 PPG, while Collin Sexton is averaging 15.3 PPG.

So far, the Jazz's defense is ranked 24th in the league at 119.3 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Jazz defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.5% while allowing 38.0% from downtown.

Are the Pelicans Ready for a Home Win?

As the Pelicans prepare for today's matchup with the Jazz, they find themselves favored by 8.5 points at home. If they fail to cover, it will be their 3rd straight ATS loss.

Heading into today, the Pelicans are sitting 7th in the West with a record of 17-14. Within their own conference, New Orleans is 11-12 and 2nd in the Southwest Division.

When playing at home, the Pelicans are 9-7 this season and have an average scoring differential of +3.8 points per contest. Their average over/under line at home games this season is 228.4 points.

Against the spread, New Orleans has gone 10-6 at home and 17-14 overall. As the favorite, their record vs. the spread is 9-8, and they have been favored in 17 of their 31 games.

The Pelicans will look to bounce back after a tough 116-115 loss to the Grizzlies. In that game, New Orleans was favored by 4.5 points and lost straight up.

In their 31 games, the over/under record for the Pelicans is 15-16. So far, just two of their games have had a higher over/under line than today's line of 238.5 points.

The Pelicans offense scored 115 points and shot 43.3% from the field in their most recent game vs. the Grizzlies. Leading the team in scoring is Brandon Ingram at 23.1 PPG, while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.3 PPG.

So far, the Pelicans' defense is ranked 13th in the league at 113.4 points per contest. New Orleans' defense is currently forcing 13 turnovers per game, which is 14th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 22nd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.