Pro Basketball Predictions: Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Hornets

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Hornets
Wednesday, 11/28/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  FSNO
Opening Point Spread:  Utah -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Utah -3.5
Opening Total:  191.5
Current Total:  191.5
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The Utah Jazz have been terrible when playing away from Salt Lake City this year

Utah has won four of its last five games, including a 105-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets as three-point home favorites on Monday night, while going OVER the total for a third straight contest.  The Jazz are 2-7 on the road due to scoring 96.7 points per game and allowing 102.1 points per game in that situation.  “We still got to go on the road and prove we can beat teams on the road,” commented Jazz forward Derrick Favors.  The franchise has lost all five of its games away from home against Western Conference opponents.  Utah is 0-5-1 ATS after scoring 100 or more points in its previous game.

The Jazz are led by center Al Jefferson on the offensive end, as he’s averaging 16.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.  He scored a game-high 28 points in 33 minutes last time out, while recording eight double-doubles in 15 games this season.  The franchise is 40-23 all-time against Wednesday night’s opponent, including a 17-15 mark on the road.  It’s important to note that it has lost four of the last six meetings overall in the series.

New Orleans ended its four-game road trip with a 105-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers as 13-point road underdogs on Monday night, which also snapped a seven-game overall losing streak.  “It’s been tough for us the whole week, and at the end of the road trip to get this win, it’s going to build some confidence,” commented Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez.  He scored 13 points and dished out 10 assists in a 88-86 win over the Jazz on Nov. 2.  New Orleans is 8-1 ATS at home versus a team with a losing road record, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball predictions.

The Hornets will be playing their sixth straight game without top overall pick Anthony Davis, who is sitting out with a left ankle injury.  New Orleans is getting tremendous production out of Ryan Anderson, who was the recipient of last year’s Most Improved Player Award, as he’s averaging 17.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.  He’s also hitting 3.5 three-point field goals per game, which makes him one of the best perimeter shooters in the league.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hornets due to the underdog covering seven consecutive games in this series, while the Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to New Orleans.

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