National Basketball Association
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New Orleans at Utah
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, November 26, 2021
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans will get to know each other quite well this weekend. The teams play each other in a rare back-to-back at the same location, with Game 1 of their two-game set taking place Friday night in Salt Lake City and then a Saturday match.

Both the Jazz and Pelicans come into their busy weekend having picked up wins that they deemed necessary. Utah edged the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-104 on Wednesday after squandering a late lead in a 119-118 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, and New Orleans trounced the Washington Wizards 127-102 at home after disappointing showings at the Indiana Pacers and against the Minnesota Timberwolves at home.

The last minute of Utah's victory over the Thunder was almost therapeutic for Donovan Mitchell, who had missed a game-winning attempt at the buzzer against the Grizzlies followed by a 4-for-14 shooting performance and just seven points through the first 47 minutes vs. OKC.

But Mitchell rose to the occasion, scoring six consecutive points to help Utah win for the fourth time in five games.

"It's what I do," Mitchell said. "At the end of the day, sometimes you've just got to go out there and just get it. My team trusts me, I trust myself, I put the work in for those moments and never let the moment get too big. I missed the game-winner the other night, so you've got to respond."

With Mitchell struggling most of the night, the Jazz were in a position to win thanks to Jordan Clarkson's 20 points off the bench, an 18-point night by Mike Conley and another Rudy Gobert double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds.

"It was a good game," Mitchell said. "I don't think the score reflected the way we played as a group. We had some breakdowns, but we had a lot of good things that we can look back on and be proud of. They hit some shots, but to close out the way we did is what we wanted."

The Pelicans stepped up after getting beaten badly at home by the Timberwolves. They've now won two of four games after losing 11 of their previous 12.

"I just didn't think we played as hard as we are capable of (against Minnesota) and I didn't coach to my ability and that's a letdown to our organization, to our community, to our team -- and I spoke to the team about that," Pelicans coach Willie Green said. "I'm proud of the way they responded."

Brandon Ingram led the way with 26 points, with Jonas Valanciunas contributing 21 points and 11 rebounds.

"I like that we responded," said Ingram, who hit just 2 of 13 shots against Minnesota. "It looked like we took it personal, came out with a little more pop today."

The Pelicans visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday before returning home. For Utah, Friday's game is the first of a four-game homestand.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New Orleans 4-16 W1 3-7 1-9 0-0 4-16 1-1 3-8
Utah 12-6 W1 6-3 6-3 0-1 12-5 3-0 7-1
Last Meeting
New Orleans Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/1/21 UTA 124 NO 129 129 53 56.5 124 39 45.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans B. Ingram 26 55.0 4
Utah B. Bogdanovic 31 52.4 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans S. Adams 11 1 10
Utah R. Gobert 9 2 7
Assists Player  
New Orleans L. Ball 8
Utah M. Conley 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans J. Valanciunas 422 49.4 80
Utah D. Mitchell 437 42.3 56
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans J. Valanciunas 268 73 195
Utah R. Gobert 295 59 236
Assists Player  
New Orleans D. Graham 93
Utah M. Conley 93
Quickchart Matchup
New Orleans New Orleans Off vs  Utah Utah Defense
New Orleans Off vs Utah - Points For 102.0 Points For
New Orleans Off vs Utah - Points Against 103.4 Points Against
New Orleans - FG% 42.4 FG%
Utah - FG% 43.7 FG%
New Orleans - Reb 46.4 Reb
Utah - Reb 41.7 Reb
Utah Utah Off vs  New Orleans New Orleans Defense
Utah Off vs New Orleans - Points For 112.3 Points For
Utah Off vs New Orleans - Points Against 109.3 Points Against
Utah - FG% 46.7 FG%
New Orleans - FG% 46.2 FG%
Utah - Reb 47.2 Reb
New Orleans - Reb 44.3 Reb