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The 32-30 Utah Jazz will travel on a back to back when they face a rested 37-22 New York Knicks in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Madison Square Garden in New York is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBA TV.
The odds from this NBA pro basketball game will come out on Saturday afternoon as Carmelo Anthony is listed as questionable with a knee injury.
The teams went head to head just once during the lockout season with the Knicks posting the 99-88 home win as a -3 point betting favorite. The game landed under 195 ½ points.
Utah has a road record of 10-22 on the season. They lose their third straight and sixth in seven games after an 89-88 road defeat to the Chicago Bulls on Friday as a +4 point underdog. The game finished under 185 ½ points. The Jazz shot 45.7% from the field and made 2 of 10 from three point distance. They give up 37% shooting to the Bulls and lose because Utah sent Chicago to the free throw line 15 more times. Al Jefferson had 23 points and six rebounds on 10 of 16 shooting for Utah. On the season, the Utah Jazz has not defended very well on the road. They have allowed 102 points per game as well as 47.9% shooting in their 32 games on the highway.
The Knicks are 21-10 straight up on their home court during this current campaign. Their two game win streak was snapped in a 95-94 home defeat on Thursday night to the Oklahoma City Thunder as a +8 point underdog. The game landed under 204 points. New York gets outscored 20-13 in the final period in defeat. The Knicks played without injured starter Carmelo Anthony. The team shot 40.7% from the field along with 10 of 31 from the three point line. New York allowed the Thunder just 44.3% shooting and the Knicks pulled down four less rebounds than OKC. J.R. Smith off the bench had 36 points on 14 of 29 from the field in a losing cause. Without Carmelo in the lineup we have seen the Knicks point total drop as the club has averaged 90.5 points a game. On the season New York is 10th in the NBA in scoring offense by averaging 99.8 points per contest.
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