Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks - 1/8/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 9:00 PM (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
UTAH -11, O/U 218.5
The New York Knicks head to Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday night for a game against the Jazz, but first must face the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. In their last game, the Knicks were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers by the score of 135-132. Marcus Morris Sr. was the main contributor for the Knicks as he led New York in points, scoring a total of 38 while shooting 13 of 19 from the field and 6 of 10 from the free throw line. Julius Randle led New York in rebounds with a total of 8 in the game with all of them coming on the defensive end. Kadeem Allen led the Knicks in assists with 6 while playing 20 minutes in the game against the Clippers.
With the loss against the Clippers, the Knicks are now 10-26 on the season and are currently in 5th place, which is last in the Atlantic Division. Marcus Morris Sr. has led the Knicks in points per game this season as he has scored 19.1 per game. Julius Randle has also been a big contributor for the Knicks this season as he has recorded 9.1 rebounds per game which currently leads the Knicks. Randle also leads New York in assists per game this season as is averaging 3.3 per game. The Knicks enter Tuesday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Dennis Smith Jr is listed as out while Marcus Morris Sr. is day to day.
The Utah Jazz welcome the New York Knicks to town on Wednesday night after winning their last game against the New Orleans Pelicans by the score of 128-126. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz in points on the night as he recorded 35 points while shooting 11 of 21 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Rudy Gobert led the Jazz in rebounds on the night as he recorded 19, including 4 offensively. Joe Ingles led Utah in assists as he recorded 6 on the night in the 28 minutes that he played against the Pelicans.
The Utah Jazz are currently 24-12 on the season which places them in 2nd place in the Northwest Division. Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz in points per game with 25. Rudy Gobert leads the Jazz in rebounds per game as he has averaged 14.4 per game. Joe Ingles is the assists leader for the Jazz as he is averaging 4.6 per game. The Jazz enter Wednesday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report.
The New York Knicks have scored an average of 104.7 points per game on the season while allowing 111.8 points per game. The Utah Jazz have averaged 108.4 points per game on the year while allowing 105.9 points per game. In their last 5 games, the Knicks are 3-2 but have lost 2 games in a row while the Jazz are 5-0 and have won 6 games in a row. As of Tuesday, the Knicks are 5-14 when playing on the road this season while the Jazz are 13-3 at home. Statistically, the Jazz are the better team at both ends of the court as they have allowed fewer points per game and scored more points per game so far this season. In the last 10 meetings between these two teams, the Jazz are 7-3 and have outscored the Knicks by the average score of 111 to 103.10. I look for the Jazz to be dominant in this one and come away with the win as the Knicks are at the end of a tough road trip and even have to play the night before. Utah wins 122-110 and covers the spread.