NEW YORK KNICKS (38-25)
at UTAH JAZZ (34-32)
Tip-off: Monday, 10:35 p.m. ET
New York will be looking to prevent a five-game losing streak when it continues its brutal road trip at Utah on Monday night.
The Jazz are coming off a 90-84 victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday while the Knicks were just blown out by the Clippers 93-80 on Sunday. New York has now been embarrassed in four straight games and has shown no signs of life in these past 16 non-competitive quarters. The Jazz have a monster size advantage over the Knicks, who will be likely without both C Tyson Chandler (neck) and SF Carmelo Anthony (knee) yet again as the two battle injuries. The Jazz have covered in two of their past three games, and in their past three games played in Utah, the team is 3-0 ATS.
Can the Knicks finally end their long losing skid on Sunday? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. StatFox Gary is 68% ATS (23-11) since Feb. 20, StatFox Brian is 68% ATS (19-9) since Feb. 28, and StatFox Scott is 54.4% ATS (37-31) since Feb. 3. The experts are a collective 55.1% ATS (145-118) since February began, and Scott is now 54% ATS (107-92-1) for the season, while Gary is 53.4% ATS (86-75-4) and Brian is 52.4% ATS (108-98-3). For NBA Totals, Gary is a stellar 85% (11-2) since March 7, Brian is 83% (5-1) in his past five days, and Scott is 61% (14-9-2) since Feb. 22 to raise his season record to 56.3% (90-70-2) in Totals.
The Knicks have now lost four straight games, with all of them coming by at least 10 points. The most recent defeat came at the hands of the Clippers who werenít even playing close to their best basketball, yet it really didnít matter. Without SF Carmelo Anthony and C Tyson Chandler, the Knicks lacked their offensive and defensive backbones. PG Raymond Felton played well for New York, but his performance was about the only acceptable one they got from the team all day. He finished the game with 16 points and nine assists in 41 minutes of playing time. One of the main problems for the Knicks on Sunday was that SG J.R. Smith went ice cold. Smith, who takes over the teamís first scoring role when Carmelo Anthony is out, went 4-for-20 from the field and 1-of-7 from three. The sixth man finished with 17 points, but his inefficiency haunted New York.
The Jazz are coming off a big home victory over the Grizzlies, in which they ended up winning 90-84. Utah took excellent control of the ball in this game, finishing with just five turnovers total as a team. The best performance in the game for Utah came from SF Gordon Hayward, who finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. He had scored 20 points in the losing effort against Oklahoma City the game before. After struggling against the Thunder, PF Derrick Favors had a nice game off the bench for the Jazz with 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks on 4-for-5 shooting from the field. Favors played 27 minutes and really helped spell PF Paul Millsap and C Al Jefferson, who combined to shoot just 11-of-24 from the field on the night. PG Mo Williams, who has been called out by head coach Ty Corbin for being out of game shape since returning from injury, looked a lot better. The veteran point guard ended the game with 13 points (5-of-13 FG), six assists and four rebounds. As Williams continues to get better, the Jazz will be tougher to beat.