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Game #42: Jazz (18-23) @ Knicks (21-22)
Location: Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Time: 5:30 p.m. Noon (MT)
TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz trudge on in their third East coast road trip of the season, they will face the New York Knicks tonight. The Jazz dropped a bad game in double overtime to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. I can assume that they are not interested in losing another close game -- they've already had plenty so far this season. Dante Exum is out. Alec Burks is out. Derrick Favors is, whatever he is. The last word I have on him is doubtful. But 'for reals' the Jazz look quite healthy compared to how they were a few weeks ago. For the Knicks, well, they aren't super healthy either. Cleanthony Early is out. Lance Thomas, Kevin Seraphin, and Kristaps Porzingis are listed as questionable by the Knicks PR. However, what I know is that Thomas will be out, but their bigs Seraphin and Porzinigs in action. Exciting, no?

The Knicks are an interesting team. They have the 12th best offense and 18th best defense. They play pretty slowly (25th), but seem to win games on their star ability in close games. They score 99.3 ppg and give up 100.1 ppg. In that way it's pretty similar to our guys right now. The Jazz score 97.1 ppg and give up 97.2 ppg. These are teams that for the season are in close games. Utah plays slower, 30th in pace, and have the 13th best offense and 17th best defense.

Between these two teams, the Jazz are 45-46 overall in the head to head record. Utah is only 13-32 in MSG though. And MSG is really where most players who aspire to be stars come out and play. Trey Burke has historically done well in this building. And the big show tonight is going to be between Carmelo Anthony and Gordon Hayward. This is the first time since the Team USA announcement that Gordon will be going up against he is directly competing with for a spot on the Olympic team. It's going to be a great game to watch as well for the undercard of Porzingis and Rudy Gobert -- two European bigmen.

I hope the Jazz win. It would be a big win.