Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks - 3/31/14
New York Knicks (30-43) at Utah Jazz (23-50)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +3.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, Root
The New York Knicks will finish up a five-game road trip when they visit the Utah Jazz on Monday. This is the second and final meeting between the two teams, as the Knicks won 108-81 earlier this month.
The New York Knicks are one game back from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and are coming off an 89-84 win on Sunday over the Golden State Warriors. On the season, the Knicks average 98.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allow 100.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. The Knicks have been playing much better basketball over the last month and a lot of that has to do with the contributions from Amar’e Stoudemire, who has scored in the double figures in 14 straight games. The New York Knicks are 32-42 ATS overall and 18-19 ATS on the road.
The Utah Jazz have lost four in a row and 10 of their last 11 games. On the season, the Jazz average 94.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 101.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Offensive struggles have been an issue for the Jazz all season, a team that’s scored no more than 96 points in seven straight games. However, the defense hasn’t helped much as of late, as the Jazz are allowing teams to shoot 49.2 percent in their last five games. Derrick Favors has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four of his last five games. The Utah Jazz are 31-38-5 ATS overall and 15-18-3 ATS at home.
The Knicks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Jazz are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Knicks are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Utah, while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Knicks are hungry for a playoff spot and have been playing decent basketball in the month of March for the most part. The Jazz don't have enough offense to keep up with the Knicks, which is why I'll gladly take New York and the small number in this matchup.