The Utah Jazz (9-16) travel to face off against the Sacramento Kings (14-9) on Saturday, December 16th. This game will be played at Golden 1 Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Jazz vs Kings
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
In the Jazz’s most recent game against the Trail Blazers, Collin Sexton led the Jazz with 27 points while going 11/17 from the field. Simone Fontecchio also added 24 points as the Jazz won the game by a score of 122-114.
When looking at the Jazz’s overall record of 9-16, they have struggled on the road going 2-11 compared to 7-5 at home. As +9.5 point underdogs, the Jazz will have to bring their best performance in order to get the win.
Utah comes in with an overall ATS record of 13-12 so far this season. When playing on the road, the Jazz hold an ATS record of 4-9 in contrast to a 9-3 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Kings Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Thunder, De’Aaron Fox was the top scorer for Sacramento, recording 41 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 49.5%. The Kings picked up a 128-123 win, and Malik Monk also added 18 points which was 2nd on the team.
Coming into today’s matchup with the Jazz, the Kings are looking to build on their above .500 record of 14-9. When playing against other Western Conference teams, the Kings are 12-9 and are 2-0 in non-conference play.
Against the spread, Sacramento are currently above .500, at 13-10 ATS. In their last two games as underdogs, the Kings have faced ATS losses, and they have a 9-8 record against the spread as favorites.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
The Jazz come into today’s game as the 23rd ranked scoring offense at 112 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.2 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 99.4 possessions per contest.
Kings Offense Breakdown
The Kings come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.8 points per game (8th). In terms of pace, the Kings are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.6 possessions per game. Sacramento excels on offense, while playing at an up-temp pace and their outstanding effective field goal percentage, which is one of the best in the league at 54%.
Jazz Team Defense
Facing Sacramento, the Jazz aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 119.8 points allowed per game (25th).
In the terms of takeaways, Jazz are causing 16.4 turnovers per game, ranking 30th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 8th in rejections, averaging 6 blocked shots each game.
Kings Team Defense
Looking at the Kings defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 117.1 points per game (22nd).
In the terms of takeaways, Kings are causing 13.2 turnovers per game, ranking 15th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 27th in rejections, averaging 3.9 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Jazz And Kings
For today’s matchup, we project Lauri Markkanen to lead the scoring for the Jazz, putting up 13 points and shooting at a rate of 5/9. Throughout this season, his average stands at 23.7 points per game, along with 8.6 rebounds.
As for Sacramento, De’Aaron Fox is projected to be the primary scorer for the Kings. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 21, and adding 3 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 47.5%, and he is contributing 30.1 points per game on average.
Jazz vs Kings Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Jazz have a straight up record of 2-8 while going 3-7 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 108 points per game in these contests.
- Through their last ten home games, Sacramento has an ATS record of just 5-5. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 111 points per game.
- The Jazz have played well in their last three games as the betting underdog, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
- As the betting favorite, the Kings have an ATS record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.
In this Kings vs. Kings matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Jazz at +9.5. While we project the Kings to win 108-101, our recommendation is to bet on the Jazz for the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 241.5 and given that our model is projecting 209 points between the teams, we like the under.
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