The Utah Jazz have won five on the bounce and for today's NBA tip Dave Gray says they can make it six against the struggling New Orleans Pelicans...
"Donovan Mitchell has not quite found his best yet. That can be seen as a good thing as the Jazz are winning without him, but if they are going to be legitimate contenders then they need their all star to be firing on all cylinders."
New Orleans Pelicans @ Utah Jazz
Wednesday, 02:00 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Jazz winning without their star man firing
TheJazz have really found their rhythm this season. They have won five on the bounce and are really rolling and riding their excellent defence. However, their star man Donovan Mitchell has not quite found his best yet. That can be seen as a good thing as they are winning without him but if they are going to be legitimate contenders then they need their all star to be firing on all cylinders.
Mitchell has been far from bad and many players would dream of his numbers, but we aren't seeing him at his best right now. Going up against a struggling defence like the Pelicans is certainly a good way to get going.
Experience could hurt the Pelicans
The Pelicans are such a fun team to watch. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are two of the best young players in the league. But sometimes their inexperience really costs them. Defensively they just are not strong enough and tonight they could be without Lonzo Ball - one of their better defenders.
New Orleans got off to a really strong start but, prior to a win over the Kings on Sunday, they had lost five straight. They are going to have these peaks and troughs due to the lack of experience throughout the team, but going up against Utah is going to be very tough for them.
Utah have too much
I am a big fan of this Pelicans team, but they do not match up well with the Jazz. Utah shoot the second most threes in the league, and New Orleans is one of the worst when it comes to defending them. They have the talent to be in any game, but Mitchell and co are likely to have the nous and talent to overcome their young opponents.