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Pointspread favors Knicks in battle with Jazz

New York KnicksUtah Jazz
31-43March 31, 2014, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena23-51

The Jazz will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Knicks tip off at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday in NBA play.

Utah battles the Knicks, currently with a 31-43 mark (32-42 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 34-40 for the Jazz and 43-31 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View New York Knicks vs Utah Jazz Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -3.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 195.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 28-rated Jazz and the No. 17-ranked Knicks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 90-85 result in favor of the Knicks.

New York was an 89-84 winner in its last match on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 173 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New York got 21 points from J.R. Smith en route to an 89-84 victory over Golden State on Sunday at Oracle Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 94.46 PPG, against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 13 at 100.19 PPG. The Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 44.19% so far, less than the Knicks shooters have achieved on the year, 44.74% per game.

Next up:
New York home to Brooklyn, Wednesday, April 2nd
Utah home to New Orleans, Friday, April 4th