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Game #52: Jazz (26-25) @ Pelicans (19-32) Location: Smoothie King Center • New Orleans, LA Time: 6:00 p.m. (MT) TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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Tonight the Utah Jazz take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Two teams who have ties to the same geographic location. The night after Mardis Gras. Great, young, bigmen. So you know the main storyline is the respective revenge games for Kendrick Perkins (vs. the team that waived him after getting him in a trade) and Jeff Withey (vs. the team that drafted him, but didn't extend him). Okay, maybe those two guys don't even get 12 total minutes tonight, but it's fun to dream of them going head to head, clearing out and taking it to the rack. Actually, that may be a more entertaining game than the one we do get tonight.

When healthy, these two teams can pose problems for one another.

2016 2016 Game 52 UTA at NOP Team Comparison Box

But the Pelies are missing their three best wings (Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, and Quincy Pondexter), and the Jazz are missing three of their best ball handlers (Dante Exum, Alec Burks, Trey Burke). It's the last game before the All-Star break, and the last chance for two non-All-Stars (Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert) to bang against All-Star bigman Anthony Davis. So there's at least that for the fans to watch tonight. Speaking of fans . . . I'm surprised there aren't more Jazzfans in Louisiana.

2015 2016 Fanbase Map New Orleans Utah

Starters:

Player POS Age G GS% MPG PPG FGA FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG A:TO SPG
1 Raul Neto 1 23 50 98% 20.2 6.1 5.6 42.2% 39.4% 70.3% 1.5 2.5 1.76 0.8
2 Rodney Hood 2 3 23 49 100% 31.4 14.9 12.3 42.3% 36.1% 87.7% 3.2 2.6 1.62 0.9
3 Gordon Hayward 3 2 25 51 100% 36.0 19.8 15.1 43.5% 35.7% 82.9% 5.1 3.7 1.42 1.1
4 Derrick Favors 4 5 24 34 94% 32.1 16.2 13.0 50.9% 0.0% 67.3% 8.5 1.5 1.02 1.3
5 Rudy Gobert 5 23 31 97% 33.3 10.3 6.3 59.7% -- 61.6% 10.4 1.7 1.00 0.9
Player POS Age G GS% MPG PPG FGA FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG A:TO SPG
1 Norris Cole 1 2 27 34 35% 26.0 9.9 10.6 39.6% 28.4% 76.3% 3.2 3.2 1.98 0.8
2 Bryce Dejan-Jones 2 23 10 70% 20.1 6.0 5.1 41.2% 36.0% 47.4% 3.7 1.0 1.43 0.8
3 Dante Cunningham 3 4 28 49 31% 19.8 4.2 3.8 43.8% 33.7% 66.7% 3.0 0.6 2.14 0.5
4 Anthony Davis 4 5 22 45 100% 35.6 23.5 18.1 49.9% 29.3% 74.6% 10.2 1.8 0.86 1.3
5 Omer Asik 5 29 44 91% 17.4 3.7 2.6 53.5% -- 58.2% 6.1 0.4 0.41 0.2

At the end of the day, it's going to be all about Davis. Stop him, and the rest of the Pelicans players have more to do. Of course, it's not so easy to stop such a great talent.

Bench:

Player POS Age G GS% MPG PPG FGA FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG A:TO SPG
6 Erick Green 1 24 5 0% 6.0 1.6 2.0 40.0% 0.0% -- 0.8 0.4 UND 0.0
7 Chris Johnson 2 3 25 42 2% 11.7 3.0 2.7 36.8% 28.8% 78.1% 1.9 0.8 1.27 0.6
8 Joe Ingles 3 2 28 50 0% 14.4 4.1 3.6 42.1% 36.9% 80.0% 1.6 1.1 1.50 0.6
9 Trey Lyles 4 3 20 49 59% 17.4 4.7 4.4 42.5% 41.7% 63.0% 4.0 0.7 0.90 0.2
10 Trevor Booker 4 28 49 4% 22.4 5.7 5.1 46.2% 25.0% 71.0% 6.3 1.0 0.75 1.0
11 Jeff Withey 5 25 38 24% 14.7 4.8 3.5 54.5% 0.0% 71.7% 3.9 0.4 0.65 0.5
Player POS Age G GS% MPG PPG FGA FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG A:TO SPG
6 Jrue Holiday 1 25 45 31% 25.9 14.7 12.8 43.3% 35.0% 80.0% 2.8 5.4 2.62 1.1
7 Toney Douglas 1 29 30 0% 14.6 5.7 4.9 40.5% 40.0% 85.7% 1.2 1.8 2.89 1.0
8 Alonzo Gee 2 3 28 51 65% 21.4 4.0 3.3 48.8% 28.6% 78.8% 3.2 1.0 1.44 0.9
9 Luke Babbitt 3 26 23 22% 13.7 3.7 3.4 38.0% 32.7% 72.7% 2.3 0.4 2.00 0.0
10 Ryan Anderson 4 3 27 49 12% 31.4 17.1 13.8 43.7% 39.2% 86.1% 6.0 1.1 0.72 0.6
11 Alexis Ajinca 5 27 39 15% 12.0 4.5 3.9 50.7% 0.0% 87.0% 4.0 0.4 0.81 0.3
12 Kendrick Perkins 5 31 10 30% 8.9 2.7 1.6 81.3% -- 25.0% 1.9 0.5 0.63 0.0

More Lyles, please.

Injuries / Absences:

Player POS Age G GS% MPG PPG FGA FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG A:TO SPG
1 Alec Burks 2 1 24 28 11% 27.1 14.3 11.6 40.9% 38.7% 75.2% 3.6 2.1 1.20 0.6
2 Trey Burke 1 23 49 0% 23.6 11.8 11.0 42.3% 34.7% 78.5% 2.0 2.6 2.03 0.6
3 Dante Exum 1 2 20 0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 Tibor Pleiss 5 26 12 0% 6.8 2.0 2.1 44.0% 0.0% 100.0% 1.3 0.2 0.25 0.1
Player POS Age G GS% MPG PPG FGA FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG A:TO SPG
1 Eric Gordon 2 1 27 41 98% 33.4 14.9 12.2 41.0% 37.7% 88.5% 2.1 2.7 1.69 1.0
2 Tyreke Evans 3 1 26 25 100% 30.6 15.2 12.6 43.3% 38.8% 79.6% 5.2 6.6 2.25 1.3
3 Quincy Pondexter 2 3 27 0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

All of these players are out with injury. The NOP guys are all out for the season, while for UTA only Dante is. Tibor is with the Stamps right now.

GO JAZZ GO!

Poll

Who is going to win tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    Utah Jazz -- 26 wins (9 on the road)
    (28 votes)
  • 6%
    New Orleans Pelicans -- 19 wins (13 at home)
    (2 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now