New York Knicks vs Utah Jazz NBA Tips 1/8/2020
Game: New York Knicks vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -11
Marcus Morris and the New York Knicks (10-26, 5th in the Atlantic Division) head to Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Utah Jazz (24-12, 2nd in the Northwest Division). Utah opens this matchup as 11 point favorites. The O/U opens at 218.5.
The Knicks are covering the spread 52.8% of the time, having gone 19-17-0 ATS. Utah is covering 50.0% of the time, going 18-18-0 against the spread.
Key New York Knicks Injuries
01/05/20 PG Elfrid Payton Personal is questionable Tuesday vs LA Lakers
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/18/19 PG Mike Conley Hamstring is out indefinitely
Marcus Morris comes into this contest averaging 19.1 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 83%. Julius Randle averages 18.6 points per game in 32.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.3 assists per contest and 9.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%.
Rudy Gobert averages 14.5 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 14.4 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 67% and his free throw percentage is at 61%. Donovan Mitchell averages 25.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.5 rebounds per contest and 4.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 104.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -7.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 21st in the league. They average 46.4 rebounds per game and 21.1 assists per game, which ranks them 8th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.3 per game. The Knicks allow 111.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.3 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 23.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 21st in the league with 108.4 points per game this year. They are 9th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.6. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the NBA. They are 14th in the league in rebounding with 45.6 boards per game, and 25th in assists per contest with 21.6. The Jazz are 8th in turnovers per game with 15.6. The Jazz surrender 105.9 points per contest, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 20.5 assists allowed per contest and 8th with 44.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Jazz are 2nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.6 per game.
The Knicks are 25th in the league in defensive rating with 112.6, and their offensive rating of 105.4 is ranked 25th. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 99 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 28th. As a unit they are 30th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 24th in the NBA. New York is 20th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 9th in the NBA.
Utah is 5th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 27th in the NBA. The Jazz are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 106.6, and their offensive rating of 109.2 is ranked 9th. They are 18th in the NBA in pace with 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 6th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 13th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Utah -11
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