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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 7/30/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH (41 - 23) vs. NEW ORLEANS (28 - 36)
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Thursday, 7/30/2020 6:30 PM
HP Field House - Orlando, FL
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702NEW ORLEANS-1-2.5
UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games41-23-9.729-3233-31111.054.847.5%52.9107.953.545.2%50.4
Road Games20-13-0.216-1617-16111.253.347.4%52.2109.253.445.2%51.4
Last 5 Games4-1+1.52-32-3108.058.248.8%48.2103.450.044.2%50.4
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.054.840-8547.5%13-3438.3%18-2377.2%53922206144
vs opponents surrendering111.856.241-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.2%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.253.340-8447.4%13-3538.6%18-2377.4%52922206144
Stats Against (All Games)107.953.540-8945.2%11-3235.1%16-2176.9%501021218115
vs opponents averaging111.756.241-8945.9%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.253.441-9045.2%11-3234.4%17-2277.6%511122207114

NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-36-10.131-2935-29116.258.746.2%56.5117.060.046.5%54.0
Road Games15-17+416-1218-14114.058.545.9%55.7116.761.246.0%55.3
Last 5 Games2-3-6.23-22-3120.264.045.7%63.0119.861.247.3%53.0
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)116.258.743-9246.2%14-3837.2%17-2372.9%571127218165
vs opponents surrendering110.855.641-8945.7%12-3435.6%17-2277.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)114.058.542-9245.9%14-3737.4%15-2172.4%561126218175
Stats Against (All Games)117.060.043-9246.5%12-3435.5%19-2478.2%541025219145
vs opponents averaging111.956.341-8946.1%12-3435.7%18-2377.5%531024208145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.761.243-9246.0%12-3435.3%20-2578.6%551025209145
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 96.2,  NEW ORLEANS 97.1
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
7/30/2020*NEW ORLEANS              
8/1/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              
8/3/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/7/2020*SAN ANTONIO              
8/13/2020*SAN ANTONIO              

NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/1/2020*LA CLIPPERS              
8/9/2020*SAN ANTONIO              
UTAH: LAST SEASON: 50-32, lost 4-1 to Houston in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Quin Snyder (sixth season, 227-183).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Mike Conley (21.1 ppg), G Donovan Mitchell (23.8), F Bojan Bogdanovic. (18.0), F Joe Ingles (12.1), C Rudy Gobert (15.9)
KEY LOSSES: F/C Derrick Favors, G Ricky Rubio, F Jae Crowder, G Kyle Korver.
KEY ADDITIONS: Conley, Bogdanovic, F Jeff Green, C Ed Davis, G Emmanuel Mudiay.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Mitchell to see if he can emerge as a true All-Star this season. The third-year guard, who averaged at least 20 points in each of his first two seasons, won't have to shoulder as big of a load in creating the offense with Conley now sharing the backcourt. Gobert is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and will anchor one of the league's best defenses again. He posted career-highs in points (15.9) and rebounds (12.9) per game a year ago. Bogdanovic adds a valuable shooter on the wing with Ingles that should give the Jazz an improved outside scoring punch. He shot a career-high 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season.
OUTLOOK: The Jazz are well positioned to take a step forward and become a Western Conference title contender. Conley gives Utah a veteran point guard who is a legit scoring threat in addition to a strong passer. Bogdanovic and Green will also shore up shooting and help Conley take away some of the pressure from Ingles and Mitchell to get it all done on offense. Utah's fortunes, ultimately, will rise and fall on the continued progression of the central star duo of Mitchell and Gobert. If the Jazz offense can catch up to the team's elite defense this season, few teams will be able hang with Utah as the season progresses.
NEW ORLEANS: LAST SEASON: 33-49, finished tied for 12th in Western Conference.
COACH: Alvin Gentry (fifth season with Pelicans, 145-183; 17th season overall, 480-553).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Lonzo Ball (9.9 ppg), G Jrue Holiday (21.2), F Brandon Ingram (18.3), F Zion Williamson (rookie), C Derrick Favors (11.8).
KEY LOSSES: F Anthony Davis, F Julius Randle, G Elfrid Payton.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Williamson, F Ingram, G Ball, C Favors, G J.J. Redick, G Nickeil Alexander-Walker, C Jaxson Hayes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick in last summer's NBA draft, was a highlight machine at Duke and has looked fearless in his first NBA preseason ' taking the ball to the hoop against the best interior defenders in the league and scoring more than 20 points in multiple games. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound rookie is a social media phenomenon and filling arenas everywhere he goes. But the additions of Ball and Redick will be important to New Orleans as well.
OUTLOOK: Of the Pelicans' four new starters brought in by Griffin, one was picked No. 1 overall this summer and two Ingram and Ball were picked second overall within the previous three years by the Lakers before being packaged with Josh Hart and draft picks in a trade sending Davis to Los Angeles. Combined with savvy veterans like Holiday and Favors, not to mention Redick off the bench, there are high hopes in New Orleans that the Pelicans are trending upward and might even contend for a playoff spot this season. The Pelicans also expect 2019 first-round picks Alexander-Walker and Hayes to contribute this season.
Gobert, Jazz meet Pelicans (and possibly Zion) as NBA resumes

The Utah Jazz were squarely in the spotlight when the NBA season was suspended March 11.

The New Orleans Pelicans were making a push to a bigger stage.

They'll share the marquee when the season resumes Thursday in the NBA "bubble" near Orlando, Fla.

Back on March 11, when Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA canceled his team's game in Oklahoma City that night. Gobert came under fire for his action in the days prior, when he made light of the virus and touched reporters' microphones and reportedly acted similarly by touching teammates and their belongings before he knew he was infected.

"Obviously, when you have the whole world judging you or threatening you or sending you a lot of negative energy and stuff like that, it's something that I would say is not easy as a human being," Gobert said two weeks ago of dealing with the coronavirus-related fallout. "But, at the same time, people are just judging you on the perception they have and the perception you get from sometimes it can be one picture, one video or one interview, one action. So, people don't really know you."

Dominoes began to fall as the league announced that the season would be suspended at the conclusion of the final game that night -- New Orleans at Sacramento.

But New Orleans was leery of playing after learning that a member of the officiating crew worked a Jazz game a few nights earlier. So the game against the Kings was postponed and the NBA went on hiatus.

Now, 141 days later, the Jazz and the Pelicans lead the way in the resumption of the season.

New Orleans and Oklahoma City were the only teams to win all of their scrimmages, and the Jazz went 2-1.

"The intensity level is going to be much, much higher (Thursday)," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "I'm confident that our guys will compete at a high level and be ready to play."

The Pelicans got good news Tuesday night when rookie forward Zion Williamson returned to practice. He left the bubble July 16 to tend to a family emergency and returned last Friday.

As of Wednesday, Williamson's status was listed as a game-time decision for Thursday. However, the Pelicans hope Williamson will see action in the opener of the eight-game seeding schedule.

"Obviously as a coach you want him out there as much as you can possibly have him out there," Gentry said Wednesday. "We have guys that are better equipped to make those decisions than I am from a health standpoint and a minutes-played standpoint. It'll be collectively something that's done by sitting down and talking about it and figuring it out if he does end up playing."

Williamson added, "The NBA isn't something you can usually just jump straight into. ... So I think me and my team are gonna look to see what's best and if I'm ready to go out there."

Gobert looked fully recovered in Utah's scrimmages, averaging 15.3 points and seven rebounds. A rift between Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Utah's leading scorer who tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after Gobert did, seems to have healed.

"I'm happy now that I'm in a good place and I'm happy that I get the joy back from playing basketball with my team and the competitiveness is back," Gobert said. "I'm ready to try to go out there and try to win the championship. That's the goal. To be honest, after everything we've been through, as a team and as human beings, it would be a great comeback."

The Jazz will be without second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic (20.2 points per game), who underwent season-ending wrist surgery in May. Sixth man Joe Ingles is expected to replace Bogdanovic, who was making 41.4 percent of his 3-point attempts, in the starting lineup, but replacing the long-distance production will be a group effort.

"I think with Bojan out, obviously there's opportunity from the 3-point line that we really need to take advantage of," Mitchell said. "I think it's very crucial to our game getting there and knocking shots down, just being confident and taking the early shots."

The Jazz (41-23) are in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Pelicans (28-36) are tied with Portland (29-37) and Sacramento (28-36), 3 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis (32-33) in the West.

Both the Pelicans and Jazz were playing well prior to the suspension of the season. New Orleans, which endured a 13-game losing streak during an injury-plagued first half of the season, won eight of its last 13 games. Utah won five of its last six games.

The Jazz won the season's first two meetings -- 128-120 at home and 128-126 on the road. The Pelicans won the most recent matchup, 138-132 in New Orleans on Jan. 16.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/12/2021 11:13:31 AM EST

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