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Michigan teammates Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway to tangle tonight, Knicks visit Jazz

New York Knicks (12-50) @ Utah Jazz (26-36)
EnergySolutions Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
7:00 p.m. (MT) • TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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Tonight the Utah Jazz start off their season high five game home stand. We know they have been road warriors or late; but can they take care of the ESA? They better. The New York Knicks are horrible. They are the worst team in the entire league; have lost 4 games in a row (average final scores of 83.0 - 106.8); and are playing without Carmelo Anthony and Jose Calderon, two starters. So obviously the super hot Utah Jazz are going to be in for some trouble. Having already lost at home to the Los Angeles Lakers (16-46), Boston Celtics (26-36), Indiana Pacers (28-34), Orlando Magic (21-43), and Denver Nuggets (23-41) this season it would be foolhardy to expect New York (who played last night) to fall down and let us walk all over them.

Derek Fisher is a terrible head coach, and they have a pretty terrible front office as well. If you combine it with disinterested players, some injuries, and a whole lot of crap you get something that looks like this:

2014 2015 Game 063 NYK at UTA - Knicks Season

This bloodbath is the final score margin of each of their games this year. (Max 20 pts, or -20 pts) It really bleeds quite a bit . . . and they have lost 30 of their last 37 games.


Knicks Players:

2014 2015 Game 063 NYK at UTA - Knicks Players

Fun fact: finding out who starts each game for this team is impossible. The PR notes from the NBA don't even know, as Fisher seems to mix it up for no reason every few games.


Jazz Players:

2014 2015 Game 063 NYK at UTA - Jazz Players


Injuries and absences:

No Melo makes this Knicks team less dangerous, but less predictable. We don't know where they are going to go when the game is on the line. Of course, if Hayward doesn't play tonight we won't know that about the Jazz either. So far this season we've seen the Knicks win and lose games without Melo playing. We have yet to see what the Jazz can do without G-Time.


Marquee Match-up:

Gordon Hayward and Carmelo Anthony. Oh, okay. Nope. Well, Alexey Shved and Joe Ingles? Man. The undercard is it's own undercard in this game. Let's go with Tim Hardaway and Trey Burke. Two Michigan guys playing against one another. They aren't the same position, but have similar roles -- get out on the floor and shoot. The last time these two teams played Trey Burke hit the game winner. Hopefully Tim doesn't even the score tonight.


Fearful prediction:

By the end of this game, Jazz fans will learn to fear the names Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas.


Fearless prediction:

Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and Trevor Booker put in work, and the Knicks bigs give up by the 3rd quarter.


If Utah loses tonight it will sadly be both: a) a huuuu-ge let down, and b) par for the course. This is a team that plays up against the best, and plays really poorly against the worst. I love all the road wins this season, but it burns to have lost to the Lakers (#27), Magic (#26), Nuggets (#24), and Celtics (#20) teams this year. At home. Seriously. That's awful.

Don't be awful Utah. Win tonight. Beat the Knicks!