UTA vs NOP Dream11: This game brings two teams from the Western Conference against each other in Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans. Both the teams have been on the up following some impressive results in recent weeks. The Jazz are on a two-game winning run and will be looking to stretch it, while the Pelicans are hot as well, and are brimming with confidence after three back-to-back wins. And why not, the current streak is the best the Pelicans have managed this season and should take pride in that.
So it's going to be a fascinating battle as two in-form teams take on each other at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But who is going to come out on top?
It looks like Utah Jazz. Though Pelicans are in red-hot form, they didn't face a team of Jazz's calibre in the last three games, and will surely feel shorthanded more than they could possibly have at any point against the likes of Warriors, Blazers and Suns in the last three games.
Also, before drawing any conclusion we should look at how both the teams have fared home and away. The Jazz are 7-1 at home, while Pelicans' away record stands at 2-5. So everything indicates towards a win for the Jazz.
This will be the 59th meeting between these two teams from the Western Conference, with the Jazz enjoying a better head-to-head record with 36 wins against the Pelicans. In fact, the Jazz have been on the up against the Pelicans for some time now, winning an impressive 11 times in the last 15 games. The Jazz also won the last season's series 2-1.
Host: Utah Jazz
Visitors: New Orleans Pelicans
Match Timing: November 24, @09:00 AM
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena
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Donovan Mitchell: Indeed, the biggest star in Utah Jazz team in Donovan Mitchell. Still just 23, but he is the leader now for the team, in every sense, be it the face of the franchise or leading the team with stats and everything. He is averaging 25.2 points per game this season.
Brandon Ingram: Now he is playing like a star, which he couldn't be in Los Angeles due to the presence of LeBron James. He is averaging 25.6 points per game and also leads the team in rebounds and blocks per game.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley: The duo has been racking up some impressive numbers in the last few games and should be in your team.
From Pelicans, the likes of Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick and Lonzo Ball are undroppable.
Utah Jazz have no fresh injury problems with the squad unaffected by any injury or suspension from the last game. It means, that Ed Davis is the only player on Jazz's injury list ahead of this match.
Utah Jazz from: Donovan Mitchell, Tony Bradley, Royce O’Neale, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, Dante Exum, Bojan Bogdanović, Nigel Williams-Goss, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green
New Orleans Pelicans team news:
The injury list is not easing up on the Pelicans as they continue to miss the services of several key players. The biggest of them all is Zion Williamson, Pelicans' first-round pick picked up an injury on the eve of the start of the new season. He remains out, as does Josh Hart (Knee Injury), Derrick Favors (Back Injury), Darius Miller (Achilles Tendon Injury).
In addition, Jahlil Okafor missed the last game due to an ankle injury.
New Orleans Pelicans: Brandon Ingram, Frank Jackson, Nicolo Melli, Darius Miller, E’Twaun Moore, Jahlil Okafor (Doubtful), JJ Redick, Kenrich Williams, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Lonzo Ball, Josh Gray, Derrick Favors, Jrue Holiday
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PF: Bojan Bogdanovic
SF: Royce O'Neale
C: Rudy Gobert
PG: Donovan Mitchell
SG: Mike Conley Jr.
New Orleans Pelicans:
PF: Brandon Ingram
SF: Kenrich Williams
C: Jaxson Hayes
PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: JJ Redick
Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles, Jeff Green, Emmanuel Mudiay, Tony Bradley, Dante Exum
New Orleans Pelicans: E'Twaun Moore, Nicolo Melli, Lonzo Ball, Frank Jackson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Had New Orleans Pelicans been at their full strength, their position would have been better. But at this moment, they are marred by injuries, and Jazz are going to be too good for them in this game.