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NBA Matchup - Knicks Jazz Odds Preview

Utah JazzNew York Knicks
21-40March 07, 2014, 07:30 | Madison Square Garden22-40

The Knicks will be trying to slam the Jazz on Friday when the teams tip off at Madison Square Garden in NBA betting action.

The Knicks bring a 22-40 record (25-37 ATS) to the battle against the 21-40 Jazz, who are 29-31-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 36-26 so far and the Jazz go 27-34. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Knicks as -5-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 197, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

This game matches up the No. 18 (Knicks) and the No. 23 (Jazz) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 88-85 result in favor of the Knicks is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 104-91 loser as they battled the Wizards on the road. The Jazz failed to cover in the match as an 8-point underdog, while 195 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Alec Burks scored 19 points in a failed effort to lead the Jazz to victory (they lost 104-91 to Washington at Verizon Center on Wednesday).

In their last action, New York was a 118-106 winner on the road against the Timberwolves. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (224) was profitable news for OVER bettors. New York got 33 points from Carmelo Anthony en route to a 118-106 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday at Target Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 26-rated squad against Utah's No. 24-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 7 in the league with 9.02 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 22 with 6.77 per outing.

A few Jazz at Knicks trends to consider:
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
New York is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 8 games
New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Utah at Philadelphia, Saturday, March 8th
New York at Cleveland, Saturday, March 8th