ASA free play on NY Knicks +7.5 over Utah Jazz, 7:35PM ET
Have you watched the Knicks play this season? It’s not the same team you’ve watched in the past as coach Thibodeau has made an immediate impact on this young roster. A year ago, the Knicks were 23rd in defensive efficiency ratings allowing 1.130-points per possession and 112.3PPG. This season New York is competing on the defensive end of the court and giving up just 1.064PPP and 105.1PPG. New York has won 4 of their last five games overall and are coming off a 4-game road trip. The Knicks already have a few impressive wins on their resume including a 20-point blowout of the Bucks at home. Utah is coming off a beatdown in Brooklyn last night and looked lethargic on both ends of the court. This will be the Jazz third game in four days and the second of a back-to-back. Utah does have a winning straight up record when playing without rest the past two years, but it is marginable at 13-11 SU with a +/- differential of +0.7PPG. Some bettors might be backing the Jazz here off a loss but again there is nothing there to impress us enough to not back the Knicks here. Since 2018 Utah is 37-31 SU off a loss, +3.1PPG. The Knicks have a losing spread record at home the past two full seasons but their average loss margin of minus -6.4PPG is enough to get a cover here.