Pelicans, Jazz, on for a conference showdown

Pelicans, Jazz, on for a conference showdown

The New Orleans Pelicans take on the Utah Jazz for another exciting match between these two teams. During their last meeting, they had a thrilling game, where the Jazz ended the match with a one point advantage in overtime. However, these two teams come into this game with a different results from their previous games. The Pelicans and the Jazz already met a few days ago for the second time this season. On that match, it was the Jazz who had the victory with a score of 121-100. It was a blowout These two teams meet on December 16, 2022, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Jazz hosting this game.

The Pelicans are currently at 18-9, and are currently at the top of the Western Conference. As for the Jazz, they are at the eight of the Western Conference, having a record of 16-14. Since their last match ended in a blowout loss by the Pelicans, they are hoping to bounce back in this game. On that match, the Jazz successfully halt the seven-game winning streak of the Pelicans. However, in this game, the Pelicans wants to go back to winning ways, so they will do anything just to bounce back from that loss.

New Orleans Pelicans

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

After ending the Jazz was able to have a huge win against the Pelicans on their last meeting, the Pelicans are now eyeing revenge for that loss. They could have had an eight-game winning streak if only they were able to win that match. Their head coach honestly said that they did not execute well during that match, resulting to that loss. Additionally, Zion Williamson, their main man, only played 11 minutes in the first half, due to foul trouble, but scored 22 points on the first half. However, at the end of the game, he only scored 26 points, and participated in 26 minutes. On the fourth quarter, both teams just opted to sit out their starters. The Pelicans are the third when it comes to offense as they score 117.6 points per game. As for their defense, they are the eight, surrendering 110.6 points per game.

Zion Williamson is the one leading the Pelicans with an average of 25 points per game, in a 60.9% shooting from the field. In addition to their worries, Herbert Jones, and Brandon Ingram are both out indefinitely, due to their injuries.

Utah Jazz

NBA: Utah Jazz
Photo courtesy of AP

The return of Lauri Markkanen for the Jazz had a huge impact right away, as they blew out the same opponent on their last match. On that match, it is their rebounding, both offensively and defensively, that killed their opponents. For them, the Pelicans are too good, which is why they do not want to beat themselves. It seems like the Jazz prepared well for that meeting, as they put in extra effort to go against the Pelicans. Extra passes, and getting back on defense have been the tune of that match. As they meet for the second straight time in this match, they are hoping to get the same results here. They are effective at both ends of the floor. Offensively, they are the 25th, with 114.9 points per game, and the 21st in defense, surrendering 115.9 points per game.

Lauri Markkanen leads his team with an average of 22.2 points per game. However, they may play this game without some of their key players. Jordan Clrakson, and Simone Fontecchino are both listed questionable for this game. Johnny Juzang and Collin Sexton on the other hand are both listed as out.


New Orleans Pelicans
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.93

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