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Utah at New York
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The Western Conference is packed so tight from third place to eighth that any team can make a run at homecourt advantage in the first round of the postseason with a hot stretch. The Utah Jazz are on such a run right now and will try to push their winning streak to five in a row when they visit the NBA-worst New York Knicks on Wednesday.

Utah won its last four games by an average of 18.5 points and began a four-game road trip with a 115-96 drubbing of the Washington Wizards on Monday. "We moved the ball," Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters after watching his team shoot 53.8 percent from the floor against the Wizards. "We're an unselfish team and we get sloppy at certain points, but for the most part we did a good job. If we can generate open jump shots, that's great. Particularly, if we're attacking the rim and guys are making the extra pass, it gives you confidence when you shoot the ball." The Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a rousing, late-second win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday but dropped right back down to earth with a 128-92 loss at Toronto the next night. New York shot 32.9 percent from the floor in the loss and went 8-of-36 from 3-point range.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE JAZZ (41-29): Utah handed out 35 assists on 49 field goals Monday and did not have any player score more than Donovan Mitchell's 19 points in a well-rounded effort. "It's just driving the ball, moving the ball. We are an unselfish team," Mitchell told reporters. "There are times we moved it too many times, too much, got shot clock violations, got turnovers, but we prefer to have that mindset. I think guys love making the right plays and finding the right guys when they are open." Center Rudy Gobert went 6-of-6 from the floor and finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds in his fifth straight double-double.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (14-57): New York coach David Fizdale was so frustrated by breakdowns defensively among his starters early in the third quarter on Monday that he called a timeout and replaced all five players. "Not getting it done," Fizdale told reporters. "Not playing at the level I want to see the game played at. Everyone out there owned it. I can't waste a minute to let them wallow." Allonzo Trier led the reserves with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting in the setback.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Jazz PF Derrick Favors (hamstring) left Monday's game and is day-to-day.

2. Knicks rookie C Mitchell Robinson blocked three shots on Monday to tie Patrick Ewing's franchise rookie record with at least one block in 28 straight games.

3. Utah crushed New York 129-97 at home on Dec. 29 behind 25 points and 16 rebounds from Gobert.

PREDICTION: Jazz 122, Knicks 103
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Utah 41-29 W4 23-12 18-16 2-1 39-28 7-8 25-20
New York 14-57 L1 7-26 7-30 3-8 11-49 2-13 8-37
Last Meeting
Utah New York
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/29/18 NY 97 UTA 129 129 60 54.8 97 35 37.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah R. Gobert 25 83.3 5
New York T. Hardaway Jr. 18 38.5 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 16 5 11
New York N. Vonleh 9 0 9
Assists Player  
Utah D. Exum 13
New York L. Kornet 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah D. Mitchell 1597 42.5 275
New York K. Knox 830 36.1 139
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 930 278 652
New York N. Vonleh 558 122 436
Assists Player  
Utah J. Ingles 389
New York E. Mudiay 212
Quickchart Matchup
Utah Utah Off vs  New York New York Defense
Utah Off vs New York - Points For 110.2 Points For
Utah Off vs New York - Points Against 114.0 Points Against
Utah - FG% 46.1 FG%
New York - FG% 47.1 FG%
Utah - Reb 46.2 Reb
New York - Reb 47.3 Reb
New York New York Off vs  Utah Utah Defense
New York Off vs Utah - Points For 105.1 Points For
New York Off vs Utah - Points Against 106.2 Points Against
New York - FG% 43.2 FG%
Utah - FG% 45.2 FG%
New York - Reb 44.6 Reb
Utah - Reb 42.8 Reb