4* WESTERN CONFERENCE NO DOUBT ATS WINNER
Utah vs. New Orleans,
02/13/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 80 - 86
Point Spread: +4/-101 New Orleans
The New Orleans Hornets have lost 3 straight and 17 of their 18 overall. However, I believe they are going to get to enjoy a rare win at home tonight against the Jazz. Utah is just 3-7 on the road this season, which includes a surprising 98-88 win over Memphis yesterday. That was a really big win for Utah and I think its going to be hard for them to get up for a team like the Hornets tonight, especially when they have to play at Oklahoma City tomorrow night!
One of the biggest problems for New Orleans has been their inability to put the ball in the hoop. They come in averaging just 87.1 ppg. The good news is the Jazz haven't really done much to stop the opposition on the road. They come in giving up 102.6 ppg on its hard to imagine they will be motivated at all to play defense in this one. Utah is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
This is really a big game for New Orleans, as they are set to go on a six-game road trip starting Wednesday. They have had two teams off since their last game, which has been a profitable spot for them. The Hornets are 43-25 ATS in home games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996. BET THE HORNETS!