In this battle between two teams with opposite goals for the season, the team with the worse record in the league, the New York Knicks (14-57), who have won only once in their last ten games, are hosting the playoff-bound Utah Jazz (41-29), who on the other hand are looking to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-20-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: New York Knicks +12.5
New York Knicks have a 14-57 record (29-41-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the whole league. They have lost 9 of their last 10 matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with a 92-128 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Dennis Smith Jr with 14.6 ppg, adding and a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.3 ppg and 3.7 dimes per game.
Utah Jazz have a 41-29 record (37-31-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the West. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Wizards with a 116-95 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.5 ppg, adding 4 boards and 4.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.4 ppg and a team high 13 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Jazz won at home with a 129-97 score. Knicks have a 7-26 home record, while the Jazz are 18-16 on the road. Jazz are better both offensively, scoring 110.2 ppg to Knicks’ 105.1 and defensively, allowing 106.2 ppg to Knicks’ 114. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.1% to 43.2%) and in 3-pointers (34.9% to 34.2%). Jazz are better in boards grabbed (46.2 to 44.6) and in dimes made (25.5 to 19.9), while Knicks are only better in turnovers committed (13.4 to 14.8). Jazz are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -12.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy road win.
Utah Jazz vs New York Knicks Prediction: Utah Jazz -12.5 (-110)
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