Utah Jazz vs New York Knicks Predictions, Expert NBA Pick 3/4/2020
Game: Utah Jazz vs New York Knicks
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -7.5
Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz (38-22, 2nd in the Northwest Division) are headed to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday where they'll take on the New York Knicks (19-42, 5th in the Atlantic Division). The spread on this game has Utah as 7.5 point favorites. The O/U is set at 218.5.
The Jazz are covering the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 29-29-2 ATS. New York is covering 53.3% of the time, going 32-28-1 against the spread.
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key New York Knicks Injuries
03/03/20 SF Kevin Knox Leg is questionable Wednesday vs Utah
03/03/20 C Mitchell Robinson Hamstring is questionable Wednesday vs Utah
03/03/20 SG Reggie Bullock Illness is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs Utah
03/02/20 PG Dennis Smith Jr. Concussion is questionable Wednesday vs Utah
Donovan Mitchell comes into this contest averaging 24.7 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 86%. Rudy Gobert averages 15.4 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 14.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 70% for the year while his free throw percentage is 62%.
Julius Randle averages 19.2 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 9.7 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 72%. Elfrid Payton averages 9.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.6 rebounds per contest and 7.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 53%.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah averages 111.5 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.2 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 45.6 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 15.0 per game. The Jazz allow 108.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 12th and 15th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.5 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
New York is 28th in the league with 105.4 points per game this year. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -6.6. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They are 6th in the league in rebounding with 46.6 boards per game, and 28th in assists per contest with 21.9. The Knicks are 19th in turnovers per game with 14.4. The Knicks surrender 112.0 points per contest, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 39% average from 3-point range, ranking them 18th and 29th in those defensive statistics. They rank 13th with 24.3 assists allowed per contest and 11th with 44.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Knicks are 8th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.8 per game.
The Jazz are 9th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.7, and their defensive rating of 109.5 is ranked 13th. In terms of pace they are 21st in the league with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 2nd. As a team they are 2nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league. Utah is 5th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 23rd in the league.
New York is 20th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 6th in the league. The Knicks are 28th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.1, and their defensive rating of 112.8 is ranked 23rd. In terms of pace they are 22nd in the league with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 27th. As a team they are 30th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Jazz/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Utah -7.5
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