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(27-43) New York Knicks vs. Utah Jazz (43-28)
Date: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Vivint SmartHome Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Utah -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 203
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This contest features two teams headed in different directions. The Knicks have been a tanking team in denial all season but is now recognizing that the postseason is a pipe dream.
Utah is doing whatever it takes to earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
These two teams face off in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday night.
*All statistics, standings, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
New York Knicks
New York enters this contest averaging 105.3 points per game. That number is good enough for 14th in the league.
Defensively, this squad gives up 108.7 points per night. That’s problematic, as it puts the Knicks in 25th in the Association.
Against Utah, the key is going to be getting out in transition. If New York can find a way to score easy buckets, it will stand a chance.
The most effective way to do that is force turnovers.
If the Knicks can’t get out in transition, it’s going to be a long night against a Utah squad that doesn’t make life easy when it comes to opponent scoring.
The Utah Jazz enter this contest averaging 100.3 points per game. That number is only good enough for 28th in the league, but it doesn’t tell the whole story here.
The Jazz run the slowest pace in the NBA, which is why they score so few points. Their offensive efficiency has been top 10 all season, typically floating around seventh place.
As efficient as this team is on offense, defense is this team’s calling card.
On the year, Utah is giving up just 96.5 points per contest. That number is good enough for first in the league, but again, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Defense isn’t just about slowing down the pace when it comes to Utah’s approach. The Jazz are No. 3 in the league in Defensive Efficiency behind only the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
This squad packs the middle with Rudy Gobert and complements him with solid perimeter defenders.
If the Jazz can prevent this contest from being a fastbreak game, they’ll have no problem coming up with an easy, low-scoring win.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss
- Jazz are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss.
- Jazz are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
Free New York Knicks vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
If you’re picking the Jazz against the spread here, you’re not totally off base. Utah’s defense should push this game in the Jazz’s favor, and against a struggling Knicks offense nonetheless.
But here’s the catch: Utah’s offense isn’t potent enough to cover such a large spread (or at least the Jazz don’t play at the pace to cover such a large spread).
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: New York ATS
Give this one to the Jazz straight up, but don’t be shocked when New York keeps this one to single digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah Jazz 102 – New York Knicks 96
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