How good could the New York Knicks have been this season, with the personnel moves they made? Well, we will never know, because they seemed to struggle with a system, and suffered injury loss of Joakim Noah. We certainly know how good they are right now, and it isn’t good enough to get into the NBA playoffs. On Wednesday, the Knicks will pay a visit to the Utah Jazz in a game that begins at 10:35 PM ET at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. People who are customers of BetAnySports will get reduced juice, to give them better NBA odds before the game starts, and after the opening tip, they can avail themselves of real-time wagering through the wonders of Live Betting Ultra.
The Knicks are 27-43 straight-up and 36-34 against the basketball point spread, which gives them 12th place in the Eastern Conference. They have lost five of their last six games. Utah has lost three games in a row, shooting lower than 30% from three-point range in each one of them. They are 43-28 straight-up and hanging onto fourth place in the Western Conference, one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, who they defeated in Salt Lake City nine days ago. Utah has not offered a lot of value against the oddsmaker, going just 30-37-4 ATS.
In these last three games, the Jazz have not exceeded 100 points, but that’s okay, as long as they can place of defense. At home they are allowing just 94.3 points per game, and their formula this season has been to come up with enough offense in a very deliberate style. The most prolific scorer they have is Gordon Heyward, who had a career-high of 38 points on Monday, even in a 107-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
In the NBA odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Utah is a sizable favorite:
Utah Jazz -10.5
New York Knicks +10.5
Over 203 points -110
Under 203 points -110
These teams have relatively high-scoring game the last time they met, as Utah came up with a 114-109 victory at Madison Square Garden. Even as the road team, they got a lot of calls from the officials, hitting 30 out of their 35 free-throw attempts. Both the Jazz and Knicks shot better than 50% in the game, but of course conditions are little bit different in the high altitude.
Kristaps Porzingis had to sit out one game with a thigh injury, but he returned for 18 points and 11 rebounds against the Clippers on Monday night, as the Knicks lost by nine points. Porzingis is unquestionably going to be part of the future of this team, but BetAnySports patrons should be advised that coach Jeff Hornacek and president of basketball operations Phil Jackson want to look at the six rookies on the roster, and that is why Carmelo Anthony, for example, sat out the fourth quarter of that game in Los Angeles. The Knicks trailed by 25 points going into the final stanza, but spirited play by the bench brought that margin within eight.
Utah is going to slow down the game if at all possible. The Jazz or 30th and last in the NBA in “Pace,” and that, together with defense that starts from the inside out has been to the key to their effectiveness. Rudy Gobert his second in the league in Defensive rating, leading the league in blocked shots, but he is also force in Offensive Rating and #1 in True Shooting Percentage. So that is definitely a big man the Knicks will have to contend with on Wednesday night.
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