New York Knicks vs Utah Jazz – NBA: After a scorching duel at home where they were leading…
Against the vice-champions Cleveland Cavaliers by 23 points and where there were some moments of tension between the players, the Knicks return home, this time to face a weakened Utah Jazz team who are on a negative streak of results.
The Knicks, after a poor start, were able to improve considerably and have a 7-6 record at the moment, while being 6-3 on the matches at home. The loss to the Cavs stopped their positive streak of 4 consecutive wins at home.
The improvement of the team matches the great improvement in terms of performance from Tim Hardaway Jr that allied with the excellent Porzingis have been able to “carry” the team,
with good helps from McDermott who has been performing well lately and even Enes Kanter.
The integration of Ntilikina was also a very positive factor for the team, since he gives more quality and depth on the rotation.
The Utah Jazz are in decline after a good start. To make matters worse, the team is without their best player who is out due to injury – Rudy Gobert – and Joe Johnson, which is also one of the most influent ones.
With that, we’ve also witnessed the drop in terms of performance level of Ricky Rubio that caused them to have some negative results recently (having a 6-8 record with 5 losses on their last 6 matches).
Without Gobert, the team loses a lot of defensive power in the paint and Rodney Hood and the rookie Donovan Mitchell have to try and make up for his absence on the offensive side.
New York Knicks vs Utah Jazz – Betting Tip and Prediction:
To summarize, I see the Knicks winning this match. The Utah Jazz are very diminished, having a clearly shorter roster, and while Rubio or Ingles don’t elevate their level, the team will continue to struggle.
The Knicks are playing well, and although they might be a little bit shook in terms of confidence after leading by 23 against the Cavs and then losing the game,
the team is clearly playing well and have looked motivated and confident, so my bet will be on the hosts.
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