Friday, July 31, 2020
It has been 141 days since the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the suspension, the New Orleans Pelicans were on a two-game winning streak. They are now looking to push it to three as the Utah Jazz are hoping to avoid a second straight loss.
Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they played each other was on January 16 when then Jazz fell to the Pelicans, 138-132. Brandon Ingram finished that game with 49 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block while Donovan Mitchell settled for 46 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Jazz won 38 games while the Pelicans were kept to just 23 victories.
-Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist; 20.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44.7 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Juwan Morgan (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.9 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Rayjon Tucker (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
New Orleans Pelicans:
-Nickeli Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Kenrich Williams (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (7.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
The New Orleans Pelicans would have the upper hand in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at thirty-three percent. Brandon Ingram scored 15 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Jrue Holiday contributed with 12 points which also included two three-pointers. Zion Williamson scored nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting. Josh Hart played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.
On the other end of the court, Mike Conley put up 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers. Donovan Mitchell was kept to just seven points while Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for 11 points. Jordan Clarkson had ten points off the bench but it was the Pelicans who went into halftime with a 60-48 lead.
The Utah team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 58-44 run, shooting fifty-six percent from the field. During that run, Mitchell chalked up 13 points which included a three-pointer in the third quarter. Rudy Gobert helped out with ten points while O’Neale had seven points. Clarkson ended up giving 13 points off the bench.
As for the Pelicans, Holiday and Ingram scored eight points each while Williamson was kept to just four points. Derrick Favors and Lonzo Ball were both limited to just two points each. J.J. Redick played 15 minutes off the bench as he recorded 13 points but it was the Jazz who slipped away with a 106-104 win. Jordan Clarkson finished the game with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Brandon Ingram had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and one block.
The Utah Jazz will battle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.3 FG%, 35.1 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. This will mark the third and final time that these two teams will meet up this season. The last time they played each other was on December 9 when the Thunder defeated the Jazz, 104-90. During that game, Dennis Schroder scored 27 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished off 2 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The New Orleans Pelicans will battle Kawhi Leonard (26.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 46.9 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (44-20) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. It will be the fourth and final time that these teams will see each other this season. January 18 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers crept away with a 133-130 victory. Leonard finished that game with 39 points, along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, and one block while Derrick Favors settled for 22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.