Jazz begin NBA betting road trip at Hornets

By: Joe Freda | Thursday, December 16, 2010

Deron Williams had 30 points and 10 assists in the latest Utah win.

The Utah Jazz have a 2-1 NBA spread record in their last three games, with the ‘over’ also cashing at 2-1.  Jerry Sloan’s squad begins a four-game road trip in Friday’s matchup against the New Orleans Hornets, who are 0-4 ATS in their last four contests.

The Jazz will be playing on three days of rest, traveling after Monday’s 108-95 win as 11 ½-point home favorites against the Golden State Warriors.  Utah held Golden State to 39.5 percent shooting from the field, while outscoring the Warriors in the paint, 50-26.

Jazz guard Deron Williams notched team-highs of 30 points and 10 assists.  The 26-year-old sunk 10-of-11 at the foul line en route to his first double-double in three games.

Utah’s Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson each grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.  Millsap finished with 16 points, while Jefferson added six blocks.

The battle’s combined 203 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 207 ½, ending a 3-0 ‘over’ streak from the Jazz’ prior three games.  Both squads united to drain 17-of-42 from beyond the arc.

Utah is 6-3-1 ATS in its first 10 road games, with the ‘over’ going 7-3.  Williams and Co. have put up 100.1 PPG in that span.

New Orleans ended a three-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 94-91 win as a 10-point home favorite against the Sacramento Kings.  The Hornets rallied from behind, trailing by as many as 23 points.

Hornets guard Chris Paul logged team-highs of 22 points and 11 assists.  The three-time All-Star hit 5-of-11 from the field, finishing without a turnover for the first time in 23 games.

New Orleans’ David West and Emeka Okafor hauled in a team-high nine boards each.  West finished with 11 points and seven assists, while Okafor logged four of his squad’s six blocks.

The contest’s combined 185 points dipped below the ‘total’ of 187 ½, extending New Orleans’ ‘under’ streak to 9-0 in its last nine games.  Both squads united to sink 29-of-42 from the foul line.

The Hornets dropped to 7-6 ATS in their first 13 home dates, with the ‘under’ moving to 8-5.  Monty Williams’ defense has given up a stingy 91.5 PPG in that stretch.

The Jazz are 8-1 ATS in their last nine meetings against New Orleans, with the ‘under’ collecting at 6-2-1.

Utah won the latest duel between the foes, 105-87, as a 4 ½-point home favorite in a Nov. 24 clash.  Williams finished with 26 points and 11 assists for the Jazz, while Paul notched 17 points and five steals for New Orleans.

Friday’s tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT) and is available for viewing on NBA League Pass.

The Jazz are playing the front end of a back-to-back spot, visiting the Milwaukee Bucks as part of Saturday’s league slate.  New Orleans will have one day off, traveling for Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons.

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