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Jazz Ironically Restart the NBA Betting Season vs. Pelicans Thursday on TNT

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA betting preview

Above all Rudy Gobert and the Jazz will go down in history.  Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test was the shot heard round the world.  Sports shut down for over four months.  And it was Gobert that made fun of the coronavirus just a couple of days before.  So, there is more than a little irony about Thursday’s NBA betting return.  Utah will play in the initial game at the NBA Bubble.  Opposing the Jazz is one of the Association’s most promising teams.  New Orleans has been remade with Zion Williamson.  Zion is seen as the new face of the game.

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Information

Date: Thursday, July 30, 202
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: HP Field House, Orlando, Florida
TV Coverage: TNT

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds

Jazz +2½ (-110) 221 (-110) +120
Pelicans -2½ (-110) 221 (-110) -140
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Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans CashBet Odds Overview

On the whole plenty of casual fans, the money will flow to the Pelicans here.  Zion Williamson is already a big draw with the sportsbook odds.  Williamson was the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft.  Media and NBA hype has been unlike anything since LeBron James’ arrival.  By contrast, Utah is a sharp money type of team.  They get little in the way of publicity.  Plenty of fans can’t name a single player on their team.  But for contrarian gamblers, the Jazz is quite appealing.  Utah brings ability and playoff experience that New Orleans can’t match.

Sweet Music Possible for Utah in NBA Bubble

Utah has betting on NBA record of 41-23 straight up and 30-32-2 against the spread.  Of great concern was that red ink.  Utah paid in only two of their last 10 games.  Offensively the Jazz ranked just 17th for scoring.  However, Utah ranks ninth for points allowed.

Key Utah Jazz:  SG Donovan Mitchell 24.2 PTS, 4.4 REB, 4.2 AST, 45.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 85.9 FT%, SF Brian Bogdanovic 20.2 PTS, 4.1 REB, 2.1 AST, 44.7 FG%, 41.4 3P%, 90.3 FT%, C Rudy Gobert 15.1 PTS,  10.3 REB, 1.5 AST, 69.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 62.1 FT%

Pelicans Have Playoff Promise but Need Time

New Orleans has a betting on basketball record of 28-36 straight up and 33-29-2 vs. the odds.  But the Pelicans are a tale of two seasons.  Zion Williamson missed their first 44 games.  Following his return to play did New Orleans become a new team.  Pelicans metrics are fourth for scoring but 27th for points allowed.

Key New Orleans Pelicans:  SG Brandon Ingram 24.3 PTS,  6.3 REB, 4.3 AST, 46.6 FG%, 38.7 3P%, 85.8 FT%,  SG Zion Williamson 23.6 PTS,  6.8 REB, 2.2 AST, 58.9 FG%, 46.2 3P%, 64.5 FT%, SG Jrue Holiday 19.6 PTS,  4.9 REB, 6.9 AST, 45.2 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 70.0 FT%

Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans Against the Spread

The Jazz are:

13-7 against the spread as a dog, 6-4 over the total when getting points, 4-8-1 vs. the odds in Western Conference matchups, 15-5 over the total in games with the Western Conference,

12-6-1 against the spread head to head with New Orleans, 11-4 over the total in their last 15 games with the Pelicans

The Pelicans are: 

8-4-1 against the spread in their last 13 games as a chalk, 8-4 over the total when laying points

10-3-1 vs. the line in matchups against the Western Conference, 9-2-1 over the total vs. the Western Conference, 2-11-1 vs. the odds as a chalk vs. the Jazz, 12-1-1 over the total when favored vs. Utah

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans CashBet Free Pick

In this situation, the Pelicans will have the ultimate Basketball betting asset.  Zion Williamson will be the best player on the court.  Utah lacks the offensive firepower to keep pace.  Pelican backers have much to anticipate.

Jazz vs. Pelicans CashBet Best Bet:   New Orleans Pelicans


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