The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on Tuesday night. Three games are up on the board throughout January 26. One of these games will be between the New York Knicks and the Utah Jazz. These two teams will look to earn a big win as they meet up in this one. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 8-10 throughout this season so far, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have lost back to back games after winning three in a row. New York will look to bounce back with a win in this one on Tuesday night. If the Knicks can come out hot in this one, they could end the losing skid.
The Jazz have put up a record of 12-4 through the early part of this season, which has them in third place of the Western Conference. Utah will look to come out hot in this one as the look for their ninth straight win. The Jazz have dominated as of late and will look to earn another big win over the Knicks in this one.
These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but both sit in playoff berths early in this season. Utah has been much better to open up the new campaign, but the Knicks have shown promise early as well. If New York can come out strong in this one, they could finally hand the Jazz their first loss in the last eight games. I expect the Utah to come out fast though as they continue to carry momentum over.
The Knicks and the Jazz met up twice throughout last season. Utah hosted the first game back on January 8. Frank Ntilikina scored 16 points off the bench, which was not enough. Bojan Bogdanovic and Emmanuel Mudiay both scored 20 points, while Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points each. The Jazz were able to dominate for a 128-104 win.
The second game of the seasons series shifted to New York on March 4. Julius Randle dropped 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Bobby Portis scored 21. It once again was not enough for the Knicks though. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic both finished with 23 points. Rudy Gobert scored 18 points and 14 rebounds to help propel the Jazz to a 112-104 win.
The first game of this season’s series shifted to New York on January 6. Jordan Clarkson scored 19 points off the bench, while Donovan Mitchell added 18 points. Julius Randle finished with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Austin Rivers dropped 23 points off the bench and Elfrid Payton scored 22 points. The Knicks were able to earn a 112-100 win in this one.
Utah was able to earn the series win last season, but lost the first game of this season’s series. New York will look to knock off the Jazz again in in this one. I expect both teams to try and come out quick as they look to set the pace in this one. If the Knicks can control the boards again in this one, they might be able to earn another upset. Utah will look to dominate from the field as they look to knock off the Knicks.
Field Goal Shooting
The Knicks have not shot the ball extremely well throughout this season. New York has been able to make around 44.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the NBA. The Knicks have also made 34.8 percent of their three point shots, which is 23rd in the league. New York is shooting 75.7 percent from the free throw line, which is 18th in the NBA.
Utah has been solid shooting the ball throughout the early portion of this season. The Jazz have made 46.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 13th in the league. Utah has shot 40.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Jazz have also made around 71.2 percent of their free throw attempts, which is 29th in the league.
The Jazz have been the better team shooting the ball this season, but both teams have been efficient on defense. Utah has been able to hold opposing teams to a 44.1 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 3rd in the NBA. New York has held opponents to a 43.2 percent field goal percentage, which is 1st in the league.
Julius Randle has been the leader for this New York team early in the season. Randle is averaging 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett has averaged around 17.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. Alec Burks is averaging 16.5 points, while Elfrid Payton has averaged 12.5 points per game. Immanuel Quickley is averaging 11 points per game as well this season.
Donovan Mitchell has been the leader for this Jazz team throughout this season. Mitchell has averaged around 24.5 points per game. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.5 points per game off the bench. Mike Conley has averaged 16.5 points per game, while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 13.5 points per game. Rudy Gobert has averaged 12 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Joe Ingles is averaging 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their leaders throughout this season. The Knicks have seen Randle and Barrett help lead their team. Mitchell, Clarkson and Conley have stepped up for the Jazz. This game will come down to defense though as both teams look to shut down their opponent’s offense. If either team can dominate from the field early, it could be enough to give them the win.
New York was able to hand the Jazz their last loss this season, and will look to give them their next loss. The Knicks will look to jump out to a quick start, while Utah will look to win their ninth straight game. I expect New York to come out hot in this one as they look for the win. I do not think the Knicks will necessarily earn the win in this one, but I think they can cover.
BetOnline has the Jazz listed as a -11 against the spread in this one. This gives a huge edge to Utah at home in this one. While I understand this line, I think there is a lot of value on New York with it. The Knicks have not been horrible this season and I believe they will keep it close with Utah. With New York’s defense playing well, the Knicks and the points are a great pick.