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Utah Jazz matchup watch: Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis vs. Jazz's Derrick Favors

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, defends in the first quarter during an NBA  basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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The Jazz start a five-game Eastern road trip with a matchup against the new-look New York Knicks. The Knicks are 2-3 after a 117-104 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Although the return of Gordon Hayward to the lineup will be a huge storyline, it will be the battle between Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Favors that will go a long way in deciding who will win on Sunday.

While a breakout offensive performance for Favors would be a welcome sight for the Jazz, it will be what he does on the defensive end that will be even more valuable.

Porzingis has been impressive on the offensive end in the two Knicks' wins, but has struggled with his shot significantly in the three losses.

In wins over the Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies, he averaged 24 points on 65.4 percent shooting from the floor. In losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets, he averaged 12.3 points on 34.3 percent shooting.

In the lone matchup the two had last season, Favors held Porzingis to just four points on 25 percent shooting in a 106-85 Jazz win.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.