New Orleans and Utah match up to return to NBA play

July 28

Utah Jazz (41-23, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (28-36, 10th in the Western Conference)

Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Thursday, 6:30 p.m. EDT

LINE: Pelicans -2.5; over/under is 220.5

BOTTOM LINE: The New Orleans Pelicans face the Utah Jazz to restart the NBA season.

The Pelicans are 17-25 in conference matchups. New Orleans is fourth in the Western Conference with 49.4 points per game in the paint led by Zion Williamson averaging 17.3.

The Jazz are 21-16 against Western Conference opponents. Utah is fourth in the Western Conference with 36.2 defensive rebounds per game led by Rudy Gobert averaging 10.3.

The Pelicans won the last matchup between these two squads 138-132 on Jan. 16. Brandon Ingram scored 49 points to help lead New Orleans to the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jrue Holiday is scoring 19.6 points per game and averaging 4.9 rebounds for the Pelicans. Lonzo Ball is averaging 3.3 made 3-pointers and 15.2 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

Gobert has shot 69.8% and is averaging 15.1 points for the Jazz. Joe Ingles is shooting 51.3% and averaging 8.2 points over the last 10 games for Utah.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 5-5, averaging 118.7 points, 49.3 rebounds, 31.3 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116 points on 46.4% shooting.

Jazz: 5-5, averaging 109.7 points, 41.6 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.4 points on 47.0% shooting.

INJURIES: Pelicans: Zion Williamson: day to day (personal).

Jazz: None listed.

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