Pardon the pun, but coming into their game with the Utah Jazz, the New York Knicks are clearly singing the blues. This is a road trip that New York just cannot wait to end. These first four games have all ended in disastrous defeats, each coming by at least 13 points. Now, New York finds itself as an 11 ½-point underdog on the NBA odds to a Utah team that is just scrapping and clawing to try to stay in the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
New York has the biggest injury woes in the league at the moment. The team already doesn’t have F Amare Stoudemire for at least the next 4-6 weeks, and F Carmelo Anthony has been seeing doctors all week to work on his knee. Now, C Tyson Chandler is out with a knee injury as well, and the team has to play the second game of a back to back just 30 hours or so after getting pasted by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Utah isn’t exactly playing the best ball in the world either, but this is a game that it has to have. The Jazz are just 2-5 in their last seven games, and one of those wins came against the lowly Detroit Pistons.
There is a score here to settle as well for Utah. The team was at Madison Square Garden just a week and a half ago before all of the injures started to kick in, and the Jazz were pummeled 113-84 as 5 ½-point underdogs.
The Knicks have covered 17 of the last 21 games in this series and a remarkable 10 in a row, but Utah hasn’t lost a game played here at Energy Solutions Arena in this series from an SU perspective since 2005.