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Kings vs Jazz NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz
- Where: Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Date: Tuesday, January 3rd
- Betting Odds UTA -2.5, SAC +113 | UTA -137 O/U 243.0
So far, the Kings have put together an overall record of 19-16, while going 18-16-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Sacramento is 0-3 vs the spread in these matchups.
Not only did the Kings drop their last game to the Grizzlies. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 118-108 as 4 point underdogs. In the game, the two teams played a tight first-half, as Sacramento only trailed by 1. However, the Kings were able to pull away in the 2nd half and pick up the win. In the loss, De’Aaron Fox led the team in scoring with 19 points on a field goal percentage of 38.9%.
So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 19-20, while going 20-17-2 vs the spread. The Jazz head into today’s action in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -3.25.
The Jazz are coming off a dissappointing 126-123 loss to the Heat. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. Utah was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Heat by 3 going into halftime. In the loss, Lauri Markkanen led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 46.7%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Kings averaged 111.0 points per game vs the Jazz. On the other side, Utah saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Kings, as they averaged 121.5 points per game in these matchups. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Jazz have an average scoring margin of +8 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. A combined average of 236 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Sacramento offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 2nd ranked offense at 118.0 points per game. In terms of pace, the Kings are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.4 possessions per game. Sacramento has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 56.3%.
Defensively, Sacramento has had its problems giving up an average of 115.77 points per game (29th).
Point-Guard De’Aaron Fox currently leads the Kings at 23.4 points per game. For the season, he is 27th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Fox is averaging 4.7 boards and 5.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 26th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Domantas Sabonis enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 34 games, he is averaging 18.6 and is 20th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Coming into today’s action, Utah is averaging 117.3 points per contest. This figure places them 4th in the league. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.6 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 18.2 made free-throws per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Jazz are giving up an average of 107.57 points per game, good for 10th in the NBA.
Power-Foward Lauri Markkanen currently leads the Jazz at 23.8 points per game. For the season, he is 90th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Markkanen is averaging 8.5 boards and 1.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 7th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jordan Clarkson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 38 games, he is averaging 20.5 and is 129th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Kings vs Jazz Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Jazz -2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 243.0