NBA is back! On Thursday, July 30 the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans throw down in the first NBA Orlando Playoff game. Rudy Gobert’s positive Covid-19 test sent the NBA Season into a deep freeze. On July 30, Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and the rest of the Jazz will wake the league from its slumber. But will Utah cover as a +2 ½ underdog? Or, will the Zion Williamson led New Orleans Pelicans cover the spread as the faves? Check out odds, analysis, and a free ATS pick for Jazz-Pelicans so you can wager on their NBA odds!
NBA Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans Odd & Picks
- When: Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 pm ET
- Where: Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
- Jazz Vs Pelicans Live: ESPN
- NBA Odds: Pelicans -2 ½
Why bet on Utah Jazz to cover at +2 ½?
Utah ranks fourth in field goal percentage per. The Jazz shoot 47.5% from the field. That’s an awesome percentage. They shoot over 38% from behind the arc, meaning that the Jazz can beat you either raining threes or sending it to Gobert, O’Neale, and Ingles for monster slams. On defense, Rudy averages 2 blocks per game.
Utah Jazz Expected Starting Five
- PG – Mike Conley
- SG – Donovan Mitchell
- SF – Joe Ingles
- PF – Royce O’Neale
- C – Rudy Gobert
Why bet on the New Orleans Pelicans to cover at -2 ½?
All eyes will be on Zion Williamson. The most hyped player to enter the NBA since LeBron James, Zion has played 19 games, averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 boards, and 2.2 assists per. Williamson should benefit from Brandon Ingram’s play at the other forward position. Ingram is one of the best young players in the league. If Ingram and Zion are both on, the Pels will be tough to beat.
New Orleans Pelicans Expected Starting Five
- PG – Lonzo Ball
- SG – Jrue Holiday
- SF – Brandon Ingram
- PF – Zion Williamson
- C – Derrick Favors
Jazz vs Pelicans Betting Trends
- Jazz are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 as a dog
- Utah is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 as a dog on the road
- Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 playing on 3 days rest
- Utah is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10
- Pels are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 playing on 2 days rest
- New Orleans is 23-10-2 ATS in their last 34
- Pelicans are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 playing on 3 days rest or more
- New Orleans is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 as a favorite
NBA Jazz vs Pelicans Final Betting Analysis
Although Gobert and Mitchell claim they’ve put the past behind them, it’s difficult to see them doing that. Gobert forced the NBA to go on hiatus. He also gave Donovan the coronavirus.
But, that’s not why those two dislike each other. Nobody knows why they do. It’s just one of those things.
In any case, Gobert will have his hands full with Zion, which should set things up for what could end up as one of the most electrifying backcourts in the NBA. Both Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday can pass and score.
Ball and Holiday will handle Conley and Mitchell. If the Jazz get down early, expect Donovan to shoot looks to Rudy and Rudy to shoot looks to Donovan. While the two eye debate whose fault it is that the Pels are winning, Ingram, Ball, Holiday and Zion will continue to score.
Back the Pelicans to win and cover.
NBA Free Pick: New Orleans Pelicans