The Utah Jazz (24-24) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (30-17) on Tuesday, January 30th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on MSG. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Jazz are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hornets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Jazz vs Knicks
The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Jazz lost to the Nets with a final score of 147-114. The Jazz managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 71-57.
Heading into their matchup with the Knicks, the Jazz are 24-24 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, the Jazz are in 10th place and are 4th in the Northwest division.
Utah arrives with an ATS record of 29-19 for the season up to this point. This season, Utah has a 9-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 20-16 as underdogs.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks beat the Hornets in their most recent game, ending with a score of 113-92. As the second half got underway, the Knicks were leading by a score of 46-43.
With a 30-17 overall record, the Knicks have won seven straight games and are 16-5 at home compared to 14-12 on the road.
Against the spread, the Knicks have covered in five straight games and have an overall ATS record of 29-18. In their last three home games, New York has successfully covered the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 14-7 at home compared to 15-11 on the road.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
The Jazz arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 117.8 points per game (11th).
This season, the Jazz are averaging 117.8 points per game, which is 11th in the NBA. However, on the road, they are scoring 113.1 points per game compared to 123.9 at home. Overall, Utah has outscored the NBA scoring average in 60.4% of their games.
When it comes to shooting, the Jazz are 18th in field goal percentage at 47%. From beyond the arc, they are 12th in made threes but are shooting just 35% from deep.
Utah is 7th in pace this season, averaging 100.5 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 7th in the league with 28.3 per game.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
New York has recorded an average of 115.3 points per game (15th) throughout 47 games games.
So far this season, the Knicks have been a middle-of-the-pack scoring team, averaging 115.3 points per game (15th in the NBA). At home, they are averaging 114.8 points per game (21st).
When it comes to pace, the Knicks are 28th in the league at 96.4 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 19th in the NBA at 47%.
One area where the Knicks have excelled is on the offensive glass, as they are 4th in the league in offensive rebounds per game. However, they are just 29th in assists, averaging 24.1 per game.
Jazz Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Jazz will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 119.9 points per game (23rd). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Jazz are forcing 15.2 per game, which is 30th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 6th in blocked shots at 6 per game.
Knicks Team Defense
New York’s defense has been playing well, ranking 2nd in the NBA with 109.4 points allowed per game. In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.7 turnovers per game, ranking 13th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 28th in rejections, averaging 3.8 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Jazz And Knicks
In today’s game, our projections have Lauri Markkanen leading the Jazz with 24 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23.7 points per game, in addition to 8.8 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jalen Brunson as the leading scorer for the Knicks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 25 while also collecting 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.1%, and he is contributing 26.7 points per game on average.
Jazz vs Knicks Trends
- Utah has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 123 points per game while allowing 125. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- Although New York has a straight up record of 6-4 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 6-4. The team averaged 117 points per game in these games.
- As the betting underdog, the Jazz have an ATS mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Utah posted a straight up mark of 0-3 in these matchups.
- New York has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-0 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three games.
For a point-spread wager in this Knicks vs. Jazz game, we suggest taking the Jazz at +4.5. Even though our predictions have the Knicks winning 117-113, we see the Jazz as the better choice on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 232.5 and given that our model is projecting 230 points between the teams, we like the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds are provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.Action247 does not warrant the accuracy of completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within these post.