Jazz, to remain unbeaten at home vs Knicks

Jazz, to remain unbeaten at home vs Knicks

The Utah Jazz meets the New York Knicks at home on November 16, 2022, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8), with hopes to retain their clean record at home. As these two teams both came from defeats before this game, they are both hoping to be able to bounce back in this game. The Jazz has a little advantage considering that they are playing at home. Additionally, this team won five straight home games, so it seems like Knicks‘ backs are against the wall in this match. However, they will not make things easier for the Jazz especially that they are at their best form offensively.

On their last game, the host suffered a 105-98 defeat against the 76ers, where they played badly when it comes to rebounding. Due to their loss, they dropped to 10-5 before their match against the Knicks. Although they lost on their last match, they are still in a safe zone, as they are still at the top three of the Western Conference standings. As for the visitors, the Knicks they were defeated by the Thunder on their last match with a score of 145-135. It is a high-scoring match, especially that the Knicks are doing well offensively. However, defense is always their issue, stopping them to be as impressive as expected of them. They dropped to 6-7, and are currently at the 9th of the Eastern Conference.

Utah Jazz

NBA: Utah Jazz
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

Following their second straight defeat game on the road, the Jazz is hoping to finally end their misfortunes, and extend their winning streak at home. This team have been impressive at home, looking to take advantage their home crowd. However, they must stop their losing momentum if they want to get back on winning note. They suffered defeat from the Wizards and the 76ers over the weekend, and they do not want the same result in this game. On their match against the 76ers, it is evident how huge of a loss Rudy Gobert is. Embiid carried the whole 76ers team to victory in that game. The Jazz is not the 4th in the league offensively, scoring 116.9 points per game. They are the 14th when it comes to defense as they give up 112.7 points per game.

Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson leads the Jazz as they average 21.8 points and 18.1 points per game respectively. Kelly Olynyk, Collin Sexton, Mike Conley, and Malik Beasley are scoring options for the Jazz as well as they all average double digits in the contest.

New York Knicks

NBA: New York Knicks
Photo courtesy of AP Photo

Although the Knicks have been impressive offensively, defense are their major concern coming into this match. On their last game against the Thunder, they showed an underwhelming defense, experiencing a 10-point defeat at home. They are now at 6-7, ninth in the Eastern Conference. In fact, they trailed for as much as 19 points in their last match, and played badly beyond the arc as well. Offensively, this team are the 12th in the league, scoring 114.7 points per game. However, defensively, they are the 5th worst team in defense, giving up 116.8 points per game. If they want to win in this game, they must address they issue in defense because their defense dictates their game.

Julius Randle is the one who leads the Knicks with 20.8 points, followed by Jalen Brunson who is averaging 19.5 points per game. These two receives contribution from RJ Barrett, Evan Fournier, and Cam Reddish.

Prediction

Utah Jazz
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.85

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