Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick – March 4

The NBA is set up with another great slate of basketball on March 4. Nine games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win on Friday night. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Utah has earned a record of 39-22 so far this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference. The Jazz have won three games in a row and nine of their last ten. Utah is three games back on the third seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The Jazz will look to remain hot with a big win on the road in this one.

The Pelicans have posted a record of 26-36 throughout this season, which has them in tenth place of the Western Conference. New Orleans has won three games in a row entering this one. The Pelicans have a one game lead on that final play-in spot. New Orleans will look to improve their lead on a playoff spot with a win at home on Friday night.

These two teams have been solid so far this season and will look for a pivotal win on Friday night. The Jazz have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA as of late. New Orleans has picked up their own play since the All-Star break. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win in this matchup.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Utah Jazz -3 ½ (-110) Over 227 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans +3 ½ (-110) Under 227 (-110)

 

Team Data Utah Jazz New Orleans Pelicans
Overall Record 39-22 26-36
Away/ Home Record 17-14 14-17
PPG 114.1 107.1
PPG Away/ Home 112.8 109.5
PAPG 107.4 109.0
PAPG Away/ Home 108.0 109.4

Betting Trends

Utah Jazz

  • 28-32 ATS this season
  • 25-27 ATS as a favorite
  • 15-14 ATS in road games
  • 0-1 ATS in March
  • 3-8 ATS on Friday nights
  • 4-9 ATS against Southwest division
  • 1-2 ATS after scoring 130 points or more
  • 9-9 ATS after three or more straight wins
  • 11-17 ATS against team with a losing record

New Orleans Pelicans

  • 32-30 ATS this season
  • 23-25 ATS as an underdog
  • 17-14 ATS in home games
  • 1-0 ATS in March
  • 8-4 ATS on Friday nights
  • 6-8 ATS against Northwest division
  • 7-7 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 7-8 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 2-2 ATS after three or more straight wins
  • 19-15 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times this season. Brandon Ingram dropped 21 points in the first meeting to lead the Pelicans to a 98-97 win on the road. Donovan Mitchell put up 21 points in the second game as the Jazz grabbed a 127-105 win on the road. Mitchell scored 29 points in the third matchup, while Mike Conley added 22 points. Utah grabbed a 115-104 win on the road in that one.

Field Goal Shooting

The Jazz have been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. Utah has made 47.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Jazz have been shooting 36.3 percent from deep, which is 5th in the league. Utah has sunk 78 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 13th in the NBA this season.

New Orleans has struggled shooting the ball so far this season. The Pelicans have shot 45.1 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the league. New Orleans has made 33 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 28th in the NBA. The Pelicans have drained 79.2 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 8th in the league.

Utah has been better shooting the ball this season and have the better defense. The Jazz have held opposing teams to a 45.3 percent from the field, which is 12th in the NBA. The Pelicans have allowed their opponents to shoot 46.3 percent from the field, which is 21st in the league. Both teams will need their defenses to step up early in this one.

Top Performers

Donovan Mitchell has been the leader for Utah so far this season. Mitchell has averaged 26.1 points and 5.3 assists per game. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.7 points per game. Rudy Gobert has averaged 15.9 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.5 points per game. Mike Conley has averaged 13.9 points to round out this lineup.

C.J. McCollum and Brandon Ingram have been strong for the Pelicans since joining up at the trade deadline. McCollum is averaging 26.6 points and 6 assists per game. Ingram has averaged 22.4 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 18 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Devonte’ Graham rounds out this lineup, averaging 12.7 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their leaders entering this one. The Jazz will look for their lineup to continue to dominate on the road in this one. New Orleans has been much stronger since adding McCollum and are still awaiting Zion Williamson’s return. If either team can have some players step up early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams are on different sides of the standings, but are both competing for a playoff spot. The Jazz have been the stronger team on the season and will look to come out fast on the road. New Orleans has won three in a row entering this one though. Utah has been the better team throughout this season and I think they will knock off the Pelicans in this one.

BetOnline has the Jazz listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Utah on the road on Friday night. I think that this line is accurate with the Jazz being the stronger team on the season. Utah has been hot as of late and I think they will come out strong early in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Jazz.

The Bet
Philadelphia 76ers -5.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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