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Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans Game Preview

Game 62: Jazz (28-33) @ Pelicans (23-37)
Location: Smoothie King Center • New Orleans, LA
Time: 5:00 p.m. (MT)
TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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There really isn't much to say. The Utah Jazz are 0-3 on this four game road trip and their last game is against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans are the team that beat the Jazz when Utah was flying high on a 7 game win streak. Now Utah is flying low on a 5 game losing streak. Furthermore, the Jazz are just 2-8 in their last 10 and have moved from being in contention for a 6th seed to being at risk of losing the 9th seed to the "relatively surging" Sacramento Kings. (Sactown is 4-6 in their last 10). Utah has come close at times in the fourth quarters of these games, being within 4 against the Boston Celtics (if not leading for large stretches), being within 6 against the Toronto Raptors, and being within 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies. In all three games the Jazz had nice leads, only to squander them.

I can assume most of us are assuming the same will happen tonight. Mind-you, the Jazz had a bad East road trip earlier on in the season and won the last game after missing on three close ones. That last game was the second night of a back-to-back and the third game in four nights -- and it ended in an overtime victory for the good guys. That could be the case once again tonight just because, 'cmon, you can't lose SIX games in a row and be a playoff team.

For the Jazz they will be without Dante Exum, Alec Burks, and Tibor Pleiss. The Pelicans will be without Quincy Pondexter, Tyreke Evans, Bryce Dejean-Jones, and Alexis Ajinca. Omer Asik is a game time decision. It is almost meaningless, because in the last game the Jazz couldn't stop the other team from getting offensive rebounds, and Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis took care of business.

Fans are restless, if not suicidal. I hope Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors, and Rudy Gobert can give us all something to live for.