Utah Jazz (0-0) vs Sacramento Kings (0-0)Date : 10/17/2018
Time : 10:00 PM ET
Location : Golden 1 Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings
The Kings will welcome the Jazz to Golden 1 Center for their season opener, the King finished 12th in the West last season while the Jazz was able to create an upset by beating the Thunder but was eliminated by the Houston Rockets. Game tips off at 10:00 PM ET.
Utah Jazz's Latest Performance :
The Utah Jazz is here to prove something this season, they are still considered a dark horse in the league but the team perception is that they can’t beat anyone in this league with second year man Donovan Mitchell leading the way and Gobert protecting the paint. Mitchell gives the Jazz the true scoring threat they need. His scoring abilities were off the charts for a first-year player and the scary thing is he will only get better. Gobert isn’t much of a scorer, but he is working on that aspect of his game. Rebounding and blocked shots are where he will make all his money, and he is easily a top five defensive player in basketball right now. Bringing in Grayson from the draft will surprise a lot of people, Grayson will play with grit and will fit the Jazz system perfectly as the season goes on I could see Mitchell and Grayson on the floor together playing starters minutes. Playing against the Kings the Jazz should just trust their abilities and the system that they got going since last season this could get the Job done.
Player to watch: Ricky Rubio, he was thoroughly missed when he went down in the Houston series, he has found new life in Utah, and while he did still have some injury issues but when healthy is the team’s X-factor we all know how good is his passing skills but in the postseason we were able to see his much-improved jump shot once he gets that jumper going this Jazz team won’t be playing around.
Sacramento Kings's Latest Performance :
The Kings different season same old story, they can’t seem to get over the hump and become a decent team instead they are stuck in mediocrity. The Kings did do a pretty decent job picking up Fox in last years draft but as we all know drafting a point guard takes time until he becomes great in the NBA. They have been in the lottery for the last decade, yet the rebuild continues. Marvin Bagley will have to be at his very best to dig the Kings out of this hole. The Kings have been taking wild shots on wings and guards over the last few seasons, which has created a massive logjam for minutes. They don’t have a real identity after parting ways with Cousins they don’t have a sense of direction and signing all these guards plus splitting up their playing time won’t help much. Playing against the Jazz will be tough for them because the Jazz is a well-coached team with a proper system embed into their players while the Kings are figuring out that part of the puzzle.
Player to watch: Marvin Bagley, he finishes preseason well, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Blazers. He has been inconsistent in his early NBA career but has gotten better with each game. The Kings put a lot of faith into him they will give him every chance to succeed.
How Utah Jazz & Sacramento Kings Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Kings are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific.
Against The Spread Selection: Utah Jazz
My reason for the pick :
The Jazz will look to pick up a win against the Kings on the road in the season opener. The Jazz has become one of the better teams in the West since they hit the jackpot of drafting Mitchell something the King is dying to do and hope that Bagley turns into a great player so they can turn their franchise around. I expect Mitchell to put up his regular numbers however the Jazz will win this game because of Gobert defensive efforts his abilities to alter shots is impressive and the Jazz team defense goes up as well because they know that Gobert is behind protecting the paint. The Kings are outmatched by the Jazz in the season opener as they will drop this one at home and they will head back to the drawing board.
The Jazz to win on the road over the Kings.
Betting trends for Utah Jazz:
- Jazz are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
Betting trends for Sacramento Kings:
- Kings are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.