The NBA is set up with another strong night of basketball on January 6. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks. These two teams are looking to come out strong in this one as they look to keep up their strong starts. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
The Jazz have put up a record of 4-3 so far this season, which has them tied for fourth place in the Western Conference. Utah is coming off a loss last night to the Brooklyn Nets. The Jazz will look to bounce back from that loss with a win in this one. Utah is playing well to open up the season and will look to move up the West standings in this one.
New York has earned a record of 4-3 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have won back to back games and four of their last five games. New York will look to build off that small winning streak with another victory in this one. I expect the Knicks to come out quick in this one to keep the wins coming.
These two teams have had solid starts to the new NBA season and will look to keep it going with a win in this one. New York is coming off a rest day, while the Jazz played last night. Utah will look to come out strong in this one to avoid a slow start after playing the night before. If the Jazz can get in an early groove, it could help them earn a win in this one.
The Jazz and the Knicks met up twice throughout last season. Utah hosted the first game of the season series on January 8. Frank Ntilikina finished with 16 points off the bench, while Elfrid Payton and Bobby Portis both scored 13 points. Bojan Bogdanovic and Emmanuel Mudiay both finished with 20 points to help propel the Jazz to a 128-104 win.
The second game of the seasons series shifted to New York on March 4. Julius Randle finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Bobby Portis scored 21 points off the bench, but it was not enough. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic both scored 23 points for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 14 rebounds as Utah earned a 112-104 win.
These two teams met up twice throughout last season with the Jazz winning both games. Utah will look to repeat that success in this game to open up this season’s series. New York is coming into this game on a nice winning streak though and will look to carry that momentum over as they look to knock off the Jazz. If the Knicks can find a rhythm early, it should help them take down Utah.
The Jazz have been led by Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell early in the season. Mitchell has averaged 21.5 points per game. Conley is averaging 18.5 points per game. Jordan Clarkson has averaged 15 points per game, while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14 points and 13 rebounds per game. Bojan Bogdanovic has averaged 12.5 points per game to help round out the lineup.
New York has seen Julius Randle step up early in the season. Randle is averaging 22 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Alec Burks has averaged 20.5 points per game off the bench. R.J. Barrett is averaging 18.5 points per game, while Elfrid Payton has averaged 13.5 points per game. Austin Rivers and Immanuel Quickley are both averaging 10 points per game.
These two teams have seen their stars step up this season. Burks is questionable coming into this one and if he is missing in this one it will hurt the Knicks. New York has had some players step up this season and will need that to continue in this one. If Conley and Mitchell can continue to dominate in the backcourt, it could be hard for the Knicks to keep up.
Field Goal Shooting
Utah has been solid shooting from the field this season. The Jazz have made around 45.1 percent of their shots from the field this season, which is 18th in the NBA. Utah has also shot around 37.3 percent from behind the arc, which is tied for 10th in the league. The Jazz are coming off a poor shooting performance against the Nets and will look to improve in this one.
The Knicks have been around middle of the league when it comes to shooting this season. New York has made around 45.6 percent of their shots from the field this season, which is 15th in the league. The Knicks have also made 37.3 percent of their shots from deep, which is 10th in the NBA. New York has shot 49.6 percent from in close, which is 23rd in the league.
New York has been slightly better shooting this season, but have struggled from in close. The Knicks and the Jazz have been very strong on the defensive side of the ball though. The Knicks have held their opponents to a 43.3 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 3rd best in the NBA. The Jazz have been strong on defense as well, holding opposing teams to 43.4 percent from the field.
These two teams are looking to enforce their defense early in this matchup as they look for a win on Wednesday night. I expect both teams to try and set the pace early as they look for a win. The Jazz will need to have a short memory after struggling heavily last night. If Utah can come out quicker in this one, I think they will be able to knock off the Knicks.
BetOnline has the Jazz listed as a -6 against the spread in this one. I agree with this line as Utah is going to come into this one hungry. I think that the Jazz are going to push the offense strong on Wednesday night, which could cause issues for New York. The Knicks are also on a nice winning streak and I am not sure that will last. I am taking Utah to bounce back in this one.