The Jazz and Pelicans will play each other for the third time this season and the first two meetings were both competitive. The Jazz won both of those games with finals scores of 105-100 and 114-112. Here's our Jazz vs Pelicans prediction and NBA picks for 12/28/23.
The Utah Jazz enter this game with a 13-18 record and are currently on a three-game winning streak, with their recent victories being away games.
Key players for the Jazz include Lauri Markkanen, who is expected to lead the team with an estimated 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist.
The Jazz's defense is boosted by Talen Horton-Tucker’s 1.1 steals and Walker Kessler’s 2.8 blocks per game.
New Orleans Pelicans:
The Pelicans hold a 17-14 record and are seventh in the NBA Western Conference standings. They are looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are pivotal for the Pelicans, with Williamson projected to score 31 points, grab 6 rebounds, and dish out 6 assists.
The Pelicans have not won against the Jazz in the 2023-24 NBA season so far.
The prediction for this matchup leans towards the New Orleans Pelicans winning with a predicted final score of 123-115. The Pelicans are expected to capitalize on their home-court advantage and stronger record.
The Jazz, while underdogs with a spread of +8.5, are projected to keep the game close. However, the Pelicans' form and home advantage might give them the edge.
For the Over/Under set at 240.5, the predictions suggest a trend towards going under.
Best Bet - Jazz / Pelicans Under (240.5)
These predictions provide a sense of how the game might unfold, but as always, the dynamic nature of basketball means anything can happen on the court.