New Orleans • A week to the day after beating the Pelicans, 111-105, for their only win of the season, the Utah Jazz are matched up with them again.
But there are a few differences from last time:
• The big news today, of course, is the return of rookie point guard Trey Burke, who will make his NBA debut tonight after missing the first 12 games of the season rehabbing his fractured finger.
• Forward Jeremy Evans will also see time tonight. He hasn't played since injuring his right rotator cuff in the preseason. The Jazz will need something from him because Marvin Williams, whose shooting helped push the Jazz to victory over New Orleans last week, is still in Salt Lake City waiting to have surgery on his broken nose. Williams has been the Jazz's best bench player of late. Guard Alec Burks has been moved back to the bench tonight after starting three games at point guard.
• Instead of playing their third game in four nights, including a late start the night before in Los Angeles, the Pelicans will be well rested. They haven't played since their 135-98 win over Philadelphia on Saturday.
TIPOFF • 6 p.m. MT
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PG — John Lucas III, 5.6 ppg, 1.8 apg
SG — Gordon Hayward, 19.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg
SF — Richard Jefferson, 10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
PF — Derrick Favors, 13.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg
C — Enes Kanter, 14.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg
New Orleans' probable starters:
PG — Jrue Holiday, 13.8 ppg, 7.3 apg
SG — Eric Gordon, 16.5 ppg, 2.9 apg
SF — Al-Farouq Aminu, 5.5 ppg, 5 rpg
PF — Anthony Davis, 20.9 ppg, 11 rpg
C — Jason Smith, 10.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg
On the Jazz: Gordon Hayward had a career-high 10 assists in the win over New Orleans last week. … Team is third in the league in turnovers, averaging more than 18 a game. … Utah's 41.2 field goal percentage is third worst in the NBA.
On the Pelicans: Made a league high 52 field goals (on 60 percent shooting) in scoring 135 points on the Sixers. …. Anthony Davis is a dominant big man and should have a little more room to work inside with the 6-10 Ryan Anderson back and spacing the floor. … Fourth in the NBA in steals per game, averaging 9.8.
Injury report: Andris Biedrins is out with a left ankle sprain and Marvin Williams is not with the Jazz. For New Orleans, Darius Miller (left foot) and Greg Stiemsma (left knee sprain) are both out.
The spread: New Orleans -10.5, according to Bovada.lv.
HOT: Forward Ryan Anderson is back for New Orleans. He missed the first nine games of the year with a broken toe. But in his first game back this year, Anderson showed no signs of rust. He scored 26 points in 26 minutes, hitting 10 of his 16 attempts from the floor.
NOT: Jazz guard Alec Burks went 0 for 5 in 23 minutes on Monday against Oakland.
— Aaron Falk
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