New York Knicks (20-25) at Utah Jazz (18-26)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -4.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Knicks and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The New York Knicks need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 18 points and 3.2 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost four of their last six road games.
The Utah Jazz need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 101 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19.3 points and 3.3 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 16.7 points and 2.9 rebounds. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 4.7 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost three of their last four home games.
The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Utah, 22-4 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Knicks are being outscored on the road this season by 7.4 points, while the Jazz are outscoring teams by 6.4 points at home. Neither team is in great form and are both dealing with injuries, but the Jazz at home are a much better team than the Knicks on the road. It's just that simple for me in this spot. Give me Utah and the reasonable number.