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Jazz vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Utah Jazz at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds NY -5.5, UTA +174 | NY -214 O/U 230.0
The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 28-29. So far, the team has gone 30-25-2 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
Utah is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Raptors. With the 122-116 victory, they also covered the spread as 8 point underdogs. Utah needed a strong 4th quarter effort in this game, as Raptors held a 13 point lead heading into the 4th. In the win, Walker Kessler led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 83.3%.
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 30-27, while going 29-27-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. New York is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
Not only did the Knicks drop their last game to the 76ers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 119-108 as 7 point underdogs. New York went on to lose the game despite leading by 6 heading into halftime. In the loss, Julius Randle led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 55.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Knicks picked up the win 118-111 win over the Jazz. Heading into the game, New York was the 5.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Jazz averaged 110.5 points per game vs the Knicks. While the Jazz were able to maintain their usual level of production against New York, the Knicks averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 98.5. In terms of betting, Utah has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs New York. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +4 points per game in favor of the Jazz. A combined average of 212 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 0-5.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Utah offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 5th ranked offense at 117.5 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.2 made 3’s per game. If the Utah offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Against the Knicks, the Jazz will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 10th ranked unit at 107.57 points per game.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jordan Clarkson who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.9 points per game. At the time of this article, Clarkson is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 132nd in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Utah benefit from having both of their top scorers as Lauri Markkanen leads the team and is 22nd in the league in scoring (24.7). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 26th in points allowed to power-fowards.
This season, the New York offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.1 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Knicks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.5 per contest. If the Knicks offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 23rd ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Knicks are giving up an average of 106.6 points per game, good for 6th in the NBA.
Power-Foward Julius Randle currently leads the Knicks at 24.8 points per game. For the season, he is 29th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Randle is averaging 10.9 boards and 4.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 10th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jalen Brunson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 53 games, he is averaging 23.3 and is 58th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Jazz vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Knicks -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 230.0