The Sacramento Kings (44-29, 22-15 Home), the league’s top scoring team, welcome the Utah Jazz (35-38, 13-23 Away) on Saturday. Both teams will be playing their second game in as many days. The Jazz are 4-9 without rest, while the Kings are 7-6. Utah was blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks 144-116 at Vivint Arena yesterday.
Simone Fontecchio was the standout player in the loss with 26 points. The Jazz are the 11th seed in the Western Conference. Sacramento emerged victorious yesterday at Golden 1 Center, beating the Phoenix Suns 135-127.
Kevin Huerter recorded 29 points to lead the team in scoring. With 27 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, Domantas Sabonis also played a part. The Kings are the third seed in the Western Conference.It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams.
Utah will be looking to level the season series after getting the win in only one of the three prior meetings, including a 128-120 victory at Vivint Arena on Monday. Ochai Agbaji led the Jazz with 27 points. De’Aaron Fox had 37 points and seven assists in defeat.
The Jazz have been led this season by Lauri Markkanen, who is averaging 25.7 points per game. Markkanen also has grabbed 8.6 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson is dishing 4.4 assists. Fox (25.3 ppg) has been the primary provider for the Kings on offense.
Sabonis is posting 12.5 rebounds, most in the NBA, and 7.3 assists per game. The Kings are the highest-scoring offense in the NBA with 121.1 points per game. The Jazz have found plenty of success in recent visits to Golden 1 Center, winning eight of the last 10.
Utah is 4-6 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -6.1 (118.0-124.1). For the season, the Jazz are averaging 117.3 points per game, compared to 117.8 for opponents. Sacramento has a 7-3 record over the last 10, scoring 121.1 points per game on average while holding opponents to 119.2 (+1.9 margin).
(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Lauri Markkanen: 47.7 | 36.2 | +11.5
Points per game:
Lauri Markkanen: 35.3 | 25.7 | +9.7
Rebounds per game:
Kelly Olynyk: 9.0 | 5.8 | +3.2
Assists per game:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 6.4 | 3.5 | +2.9
SportsTips’ NBA Pick:
Sacramento Kings -8.5 (-105)
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