Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans Monday NBA Betting Action

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

With one of the top offenses in NBA betting, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.  The Pelicans long range viability as an online sports betting commodity however could be undermined by one of the worst defenses in the Association.  The Utah Jazz offer a stark contrast to the Pelicans in that they have an anemic offense that is keeping them out of the playoff picture.  Defense is the point of emphasis for the Jazz in the attempts to cover for that lack of scoring.  The Pelicans host the Jazz on Monday night.

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Date and Time: Monday, February 5, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Betting Online Odds at BETNOW:

Jazz +1½ (-110) 214½ (-110) +103
Pelicans -1½ (-110) 214½ (-110) -123

Jazz vs. Pelicans TV Coverage: NBA TV


The Utah Jazz have a record of 24-28 straight up and 28-24 against the spread.  The Jazz are in top form lately with five consecutive straight up wins and covers.  The over has paid out in seven out of Utah’s last nine online sports betting matchups.  In one of their best performances of the year Utah scored a 120-111 win at San Antonio as six point dogs.  Ricky Rubio was on fire with 34 points and nine assists in the win over the Spurs.  After a 51-31 playoff season last year this season has been considered a serious step back.  Utah is a strong defensive club that ranks fourth best in NBA betting.  An offense that ranks 25th in the Association has been the drag on the Jazz.  Utah is 2.5 games out of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.


The New Orleans Pelicans have a record of 28-24 straight up and 26-25-1 against the spread.  The Pelicans have lost three out of their last four games both straight up and against the board.  They are coming off a 118-107 loss at Minnesota.  Under the total has hit in four out of the Pelicans last six games.  New Orleans ranks fourth in the NBA for scoring offense but 29th for defense.  Anthony Davis ignites the New Orleans offense with a team best 27 points per game.  Davis had 38 points and nine rebounds in the Pelicans loss at Minnesota.

Jazz vs. Pelicans

The Jazz have had the better of this online sportsbook head to head series against New Orleans.  The Pelicans have come away with the money in just one out of their last six games against the Jazz.  Over the total has hit in five out of the last seven meetings between Utah and New Orleans.  At the Smoothie King Center, the Pelicans have visited the cashier’s cage in just one out of their last eight home games against the Jazz.  At New Orleans, the Jazz and Pelicans have gone over the total in their last seven meetings.

Matchup to Watch

This Western Conference NBA betting offers the stark contrast in styles between the defensively oriented Jazz and high octane offense Pelicans.  Defense often travels well and provides extra value in road games.

Jazz vs. Pelicans NBA games Betting Odds Picks

The Jazz defense and dominant head to head value in this series make Utah the call.

NBA Betting Online Pick: Utah Jazz

NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Jazz 104, Pelicans 100

Check out highlights of the Jazz big win at San Antonio.