Jazz vs. Knicks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Knicks are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 203 points.
Utah enters with a 6-8 overall record and is 7-7 ATS after a 109-98 home loss to the Timberwolves. New York is 7-6 overall and 8-5 ATS following a 104-101 home loss to the Cavaliers. The Jazz went 2-0 straight up and ATS in two meetings last year. The total went over in both games.
In the loss to Minnesota, Utah played its first game without Rudy Gobert as he is out for a month with a knee injury. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 24 points, four assists and four steals. Rodney Hood scored 16 points off the bench. Jonas Jerebko scored 13 points, while Thabo Sefolosha also scored 13 off the bench. The Jazz trailed 32-14 after one quarter.
Tim Hardaway Jr. tallied 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the loss to Cleveland. Enes Kanter accounted for 20 points and 16 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points and seven boards. The Knicks were outscored 43-25 in the fourth quarter of a game that was very chippy.
Utah is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 meetings in New York. and 5-21 ATS in its last 26 meetings overall. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in New York.
The Jazz' totals need to be set a bit higher with Gobert out and the industry is still adjusting. The over has solid history when these two teams meet in New York and while the Jazz aren't as strong defensively without their towering center, the Knicks are also better on offense than in recent years.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: JAZZ/KNICKS OVER 203