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The New York Knicks are set to host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Jazz hoping to continue forward march
The Jazz have continued to push forward with what has been another encouraging campaign that has seen them stay in the thick of the playoff picture in the stacked Western Conference. This has been fueled by their tremendous balance on the roster behind the play of their core group on the floor. What has headlined that effort has been their play defensively ranking as one of the top teams in that regard being tied for fourth giving up 106.2 points per contest along with being tied for seventh with opponents shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. It has been their play on this end of the floor that has continued to pace them and will be a notable factor against the Knicks, who have had their struggles offensively this year. Big man Rudy Gobert has been the anchor on that end of the floor behind what has been nothing short of a career-best campaign as he’s averaging a career-high 15.4 points on .657 shooting, fourth in the league with 13.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest.
📹| Western Conference Player of the Week:
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— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 19, 2019
In fact, Gobert is coming off earning Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career where he averaged 16.5 points on 69.4 percent from the field, 15.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while helping guide Utah to a 3-1 record mark during that stretch. Second-year guard Donovan Mitchell has continued to lead the offensive charge for the Jazz as he’s averaging a career-high and team-best 23.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Mitchell has picked it up in the last 10 games averaging 26.7 points while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 43.2 percent from beyond the arc. His production has been key toward pacing them on that end of the floor and will play a factor against the Knicks on Wednesday night. With both Mitchell and Gobert playing some of their best basketball of the season, it sets the table for the Jazz to cruise past New York on the road.
Knicks working through growing pains
This season has been nothing short of a trying campaign for the Knicks continuing to head south currently holding one of the worst marks in the league. They have had plenty of issues finding any type of consistent success on the court in the process that has furthered their issues along the way. The decision to roll with their youth leading the charge has often seen them have to deal with the growing pains from relying on inexperienced talent being the primary factors on the floor. It’s something that will continue t0 be the case through the remainder of the year. A major problem with that has been their defensive issues ranking 24th giving up 114.0 points per contest along with being 25th with opponents shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and tied for 22nd with opponents shooting 36.0 percent from beyond the arc.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 19, 2019
These defensive struggles have been quite difficult to get past throughout the season and will be even more so against a perennial playoff team in the Jazz. This has also prevented them from getting any footing on the court that will light the way for any promise. They have had some strong play from a couple of their core players. Since returning from injury, big man DeAndre Jordan is averaging 11.8 points on 62.5 percent shooting from the floor and 13.3 rebounds in six games played. Meanwhile, Damyean Dotson averaging 22.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 rebounds over the last four contests. However, if the Knicks hope to have a chance to top the Jazz on their home floor, it will need to them step it up collective similar to what they showed in the 124-123 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon where they shot 57.9 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. This will have to be the way they have to play in order to get past a surging Utah team that has won their last four straight games.
- Knicks are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 Wednesday games.
- Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against Western Conference opponents.
- Knicks are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record.
- Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
- Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last four contests when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Jazz hold a decisive advantage in the contest being the more balanced team between the two. They should be able to comfortably most past the struggling Knicks on the road behind their strong play 0n both ends of the floor. The favorite in this matchup is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
Prediction: Utah -12.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Given the Knicks’ struggles defensively, it should open up way for the Jazz to put forth a strong offensively effort on the road. New York has had their fair share of issues scoring, but Utah will be able to more than pick up the slack on that end of the floor. It should be kept in mind that the over is 6-0 in the last six meetings between both teams.
Prediction: Over 211.5