The Utah Jazz (+150) head to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks (-186) at 7:30 ET. The Knicks are favored by 4.5 points at DraftKings NY and have won seven straight games.
This is a non-conference matchup between two teams that are both in the playoff picture. The Jazz are 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 24-24, while the Knicks are 4th in the East at 30-17.
Utah Jazz Preview
As the underdog, the Jazz have gone 14-22 this season and are 13-14 against the spread on the road. On average, they have been outscored by -5.7 points per game as the underdog.
In Western Conference play, the Jazz are 12-18 compared to 12-6 against non-conference opponents. This puts them in 10th place in the West, and they are 24-24 overall.
Utah’s O/U record for the season is 27-20-1, and the over has hit in their last two games. This year, their games have averaged 237.7 points per game.
In their most recent game, the Jazz lost to the Nets by a score of 147-114. They were also handed a loss against the spread, as they were favored by 1 point going into the game.
So far this season, the Jazz are 11th in the NBA in scoring at 117.8 points per game. However, they have been better at home, averaging 123.9 points compared to 113.1 on the road.
Utah is one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the league, ranking 2nd with 12.7 offensive boards per game. In terms of pace, they are 7th at 100.5 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Jazz are 12th in made threes but are only hitting 35% of their attempts. Overall, they are 18th in field goal percentage.
On defense, the Jazz come into the game ranked 23rd in the league in points allowed at 119.9 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 125.7 points per contest (24th). When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Jazz squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.8% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.9% from downtown.
New York Knicks Preview
The Knicks are favored by 4.5 points today and have a record of 22-6 as the favorite. In their last three games as the favorite, they have covered the spread and have an ATS record of 19-9 as the favorite.
New York has won seven straight games and is currently 4th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 30-17. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 3rd place.
This year, the Knicks have an average scoring differential of +10.8 points per game when favored. As the favorite, their straight-up record is 22-6.
In their most recent game, the Knicks defeated the Hornets by a score of 113-92. New York was favored by 9 points in that game and easily covered the spread. The O/U line for that game was 219 points.
On average, the Knicks’ games have finished with 224.7 points per game, which is lower than today’s O/U line of 232.5. This season, their games have averaged an over/under line of 225.9 points.
New York has an ATS record of 29-18 this season, including going 14-7 ATS at home. They have covered the spread in their last three home games and have an average scoring differential of +10.2 PPG at home.
This season, the Knicks have been one of the NBA’s top offensive rebounding teams, averaging 12.4 per game (4th). However, they are only 29th in assists at 24.1 per game.
When it comes to scoring, the Knicks are 15th in the NBA at 115.3 points per game. At home, they are averaging 114.8 points compared to 115.8 on the road.
So far, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 51.1% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 28th in the league at 96.4 possessions per game.
In the current season, the Knicks defense has excelled, sitting 2nd in the NBA by allowing 109.4 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Knicks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.1% while allowing 35.6% from downtown.
Last season, the Jazz and Knicks did not face off head-to-head. When looking back over the last three times these two teams have played, the Knicks have the leg up at 2-1. The Knicks also had the edge vs. the spread in these games, at 2-1. These games averaged a combined total of 235 points per game leading to an over/under record of 1-1-1. As the host vs. the Jazz, the Knicks have gone 1-2 vs the spread.
How to Bet Knicks vs. Jazz in New York
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. Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 232.5, and our model predicts the Jazz and Knicks to score a combined 230 points. We recommend betting on the under.
- SportsBettingNY ATS Prediction: Jazz +4.5
- SportsBettingNY OU Prediction: Under 232.5