Mitchell and the Jazz face the Pelicans

March 3, 2022 GMT

Utah Jazz (39-22, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-36, 10th in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Friday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Donovan Mitchell leads Utah into a matchup against New Orleans. He currently ranks eighth in the NBA scoring 26.1 points per game.

The Pelicans are 17-20 in Western Conference games. New Orleans is 13-15 when it turns the ball over less than its opponents and averages 13.5 turnovers per game.

The Jazz are 25-12 in conference matchups. Utah leads the Western Conference shooting 36.3% from deep. Royce O’Neale paces the Jazz shooting 41.4% from 3-point range.

The teams meet for the fourth time this season. The Jazz won 115-104 in the last meeting on Jan. 4. Mitchell led the Jazz with 29 points, and Jonas Valanciunas led the Pelicans with 25 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the Pelicans. Valanciunas is averaging 18 points and 11.6 rebounds over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

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Mitchell is shooting 35.9% from beyond the arc with 3.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Jazz, while averaging 26.1 points, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals. Bojan Bogdanovic is shooting 42.3% and averaging 16.8 points over the last 10 games for Utah.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 6-4, averaging 115.3 points, 44.4 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 50.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.8 points per game.

Jazz: 9-1, averaging 117.1 points, 46.6 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 8.4 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.1 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: Larry Nance Jr.: out (knee), Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot).

Jazz: Jared Butler: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.