Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks - 12/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (10-12) at Utah Jazz (9-10)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -3 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz play host to the New York Knicks tonight at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Knicks have lost six of their last eight games and are in danger of losing a third straight after Monday's 104-97 home loss to the Mavericks. Kristaps Porzingis had a great game of 28 points on 13 of 18 shooting, Jose Calderon added 14 points while Carmelo Anthony added 17 points and eight assists, but the Knicks were poor defensively to start the game, allowing 34 points in the first quarter and a total of 63 points in the first half which put them into a hole they couldn't get themselves out of. With the loss, New York drops to 10-12 on the season and 5-7 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Jazz have lost three of their last four and are coming off a 114-106 loss at Sacramento. Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks scored 18 points each while Rodney Hood made five 3-pointers en route to 17 points, but even though the Jazz shot 15 of 36 from the 3-point line, it didn't make up for their porous defense that allowed the Kings to shoot over 55 percent from the field. The Jazz have really been missing their defensive centerpiece in Rudy Gobert but they'll have to learn to win without him as he is expected to miss at least a few weeks with his knee sprain.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Jazz are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days rest and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss.
Head to head, the Knicks are 21-5 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and 12-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Utah.
The Knicks have been struggling to win games lately, but they've enjoyed plenty of success over the Jazz in recent seasons and I can see that continuing with Porzingis in such great form.