Game Thread: Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans, watch out for Anthony Davis

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Game #73: Utah Jazz (23-49) @ New Orleans Pelicans (31-40)
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
March 28, 2014 -- 6:00 pm MT
TV: ROOT Sports -- RADIO: 1280 am / 97.5 fm

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The Utah Jazz are a bad road team. They are 8-28 outside of Utah. Well, they're just a bad team in general with 23 total wins on the season -- but still, the road is worse. That said, the Jazz are 18-17 against the New Orleans Pelicans in their gym. So we're less awful there. We actually win there. A huge part of that has to be Deron Williams beating up on Chris Paul for years -- but those years are gone.

Now we have a team that champions a bunch of young players in Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, and Trey Burke. But right now none of them are as good as the Pelicans bigman Anthony Davis. Davis, already an All-Star, is averaging a billion of everything this year. Well, more precisely, he's accumulating 27.0 BARPS per game. Which is nearly 10.0 more than Derrick Favors, in 6.2 more mpg.

He is owning teams right now. These are his last 10 games:

Game MPG PTS REB AST STL BLK
1 Mar 4 @ LAL 42.5 28 15 3 0 1
2 Mar 7 vs MIL 39.7 29 14 5 1 2
3 Mar 9 vs DEN 45.2 32 17 3 1 6
4 Mar 12 vs MEM 39.1 29 10 2 1 4
5 Mar 14 vs POR 39.9 36 9 1 1 2
6 Mar 16 vs BOS 47.7 40 21 3 1 3
7 Mar 21 @ ATL 44.1 34 11 2 1 1
8 Mar 22 vs MIA 39.5 30 11 0 3 1
9 Mar 24 vs BKN 45.1 24 14 1 0 3
10 Mar 26 vs LAC 37.5 16 13 4 2 6
Totals 420.1 298 135 24 11 29
Averages 42.0 29.8 13.5 2.4 1.1 2.9

Yikes. Onto some slightly less scary news, there are some injuries to note.

Jazz:

Hornets:

Presumed Starters:

Player Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PER BARPS FG% 3PT% FT%
PG Trey Burke 1 60 31.6 12.8 3.0 5.4 0.6 0.1 12.7 21.9 38.1% 33.9% 88.4%
Tyreke Evans 2 1 62 27.6 13.9 4.7 4.8 1.2 0.3 18.2 24.9 43.1% 21.8% 77.9%
SG Gordon Hayward 2 3 67 36.3 16.0 5.3 5.2 1.5 0.6 16.3 28.6 41.5% 31.1% 81.3%
Anthony Morrow 2 3 65 16.9 7.2 1.7 0.6 0.4 0.2 12.6 10.1 44.0% 43.9% 79.3%
SF Richard Jefferson 3 72 27.1 10.3 2.8 1.6 0.7 0.2 12.2 15.6 45.0% 43.0% 76.7%
Al-Farouq Aminu 3 69 25.9 7.4 6.3 1.5 1.1 0.5 13.6 16.8 48.2% 27.9% 65.2%
PF Enes Kanter 4 5 71 26.4 12.1 7.0 0.9 0.4 0.5 15.4 20.9 48.9% 73.0%
Anthony Davis 4 5 62 36.3 21.7 10.5 1.6 1.4 2.9 27.0 38.1 52.4% 25.0% 79.0%
C Derrick Favors 5 4 63 30.1 12.9 8.7 1.2 1.0 1.4 18.5 25.2 51.7% 67.1%
Greg Stiemsma 5 47 17.9 2.6 4.1 0.7 0.5 1.0 9.7 8.9 61.1% 56.5%

Anyway, we're healthier. They are better. And they are on a 4 game win streak. But they are at home, and have Anthony Davis. And Tyreke Evans (which we went over in the game preview). 'Reke is doing well with the ball in his hands, something he didn't have earlier in the season. (Seriously, this is a guy who played PG his entire career starting at SF this season.) It should be a fun game.

GO JAZZ GO!

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