New York Knicks vs Utah Jazz: Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic Out For Jazz
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The Knicks - SIC Score 85.8 have won five of their last seven games, including four by at least 16 points and two by 30 points, behind studs RJ Barrett and Julius Randle.
Their late season resurgence is happening without a slew of key rotation pieces, chiefly Derrick Rose, Kemba Walker, and Cam Reddish, who are all out for the season.
Center Nerlens Noel has been ruled out for Sunday’s marquee at The Mecca, while rookie guard Quentin Grimes returned from a patella subluxation last Friday to the tune of 5 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in 17 minutes.
New York is averaging 113.9 points per game on 44.8% shooting and 31 free throw attempts per game in nine games this month.
The Jazz - SIC Score 77.5 will be without starting point guard Mike Conley against the Knicks as he manages his right knee. Joining the veteran is starting power forward Bojan Bogdanovic, while reserves Udoka Azubuike, Trent Forrest, and Danuel House Jr., while Hassan Whiteside is questionable.
Conley has struggled this month, averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 assists on 31.3% shooting.
Juancho Hernangomez will likely start again in place of Bogdanovic and will have the honor of defending Julius Randle.
All-star guard Donovan Mitchell will see an uptick in shots, and will enter on four days rest after sitting out Friday’s win over the Clippers. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who is scoring 14.5 points and 4 rebounds in the last 2 games, started Friday’s game in place of Mitchell and will see more run against the Knicks.
Best FanDuel Plays:
Donovan Mitchell O26.5 Points - The sharpshooter should see even more minutes if Forrest can't go, has gone over prop in last two outings
R.J. Barrett O23.5 Points - Jazz will be down both SFs leaving Barrett to be matched against a weaker opponent, expect the scorer to fill up the stat sheet