Sacramento Kings (9-8) vs Utah Jazz (8-9)Date : 11/21/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Sacramento Kings vs Utah Jazz
Two struggling teams in the Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz will get together on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Vivint smart home arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Sacramento Kings continue to be up and down on the season as they most recently found themselves halting a two-game losing streak by picking up the huge 117 – 113 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder On Monday night. In this outing, The Kings got 25 points rom Buddy Hield while Iman Shumpert finished with 21 points on the day. And while De’Aaron Fox finished with only six points, he also had 13 assists in the victory for Sacramento.
On the other hand, the Utah Jazz is coming off and embarrassing 121 – 94 road loss to the Indiana Pacers in their last time out as they went down 32-19 at the end of the first quarter while also allowing the Pacers to pull away even more late in the fourth quarter as well. The Jazz shot well from the field and connected on 48% of their shots for the night, however, allowed the Pacers to shoot over 50% for the night. Furthermore, the Jazz could not overcome 19 costly turnovers for the night. Nonetheless, the kings are 25 – 10 – 2 ATS in the last 37 meetings in Salt Lake City.
Sacramento Kings's Latest Performance :
The Kings are only winners of three of their last 8 games, overall. On the other hand, they have lost their last three road games with their last coming at the hands of the Houston Rockets as they were destroyed by a 132 – 112 score On November 17th. After this matchup, Sacramento then flew home to meet the red hot Oklahoma City Thunder as they allowed Russell Westbrook to score 29 Points and 13 assists in the contest; However, Iman Shumpert along with Brogdon Bogdanovich scored 23 and 16 points, respectively, for the Kings as they halted a 2 game losing streak. In fact, Shumpert scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half as the Kings Took a 13-point lead at the break.
Sacramento would ultimately go up by 19 at one point yet would almost blow the lead as the Thunder tightened the lead to 98-96 before Buddy Hield hit 2 huge three-pointers in which to put the Kings up by 10 while also sealing the victory for the home team in the meantime. The Kings shot 44% from the field while going 16 of 38 from 3-point range. On the other hand, Westbrook and the OKC Thunder were limited to 41% shooting while the team nailed 12 of 41 3-point attempts. As stated, the Kings have been up and down all season and there is a possibility that they could have gained the necessary confidence and momentum in their win versus the Thunder in which two right the ship along with reel off a set of victories.
Utah Jazz's Latest Performance :
Donovan Mitchell only scored seven points on the night while Ricky Rubio had a team-high 20 points as the Utah Jazz were blown out in their last game within a 5 game road trip versus the Indiana Pacers in their last outing. Indiana grabbed the lead from the beginning of the game and never looked back despite the Jazz shooting 49% for the night along with hitting 11 3-pointers. As stated, with Victor Oladipo on the bench due to injury, the Pacers utilized a balanced scoring attack with Bogan Bogdanovich having 28 to lead the team while Domantas Sabonis along with Aaron Holiday chipping in 19 points each in the win.
As stated, the Pacers were able to shoot over 52% from the field for the game. Also, after going up by 10 at the half, the Indiana Pacers begin the second half on a 9-0 run in route to the victory.Utah was outscored 33-11 on points off turnovers and was outrebounded 44-33 for the contest. They will certainly need to cut down on these types of mistakes when they match up with an up-and-down team in Sacramento that is ranked in the top 10 in the league in points allowed per game, however, along with field goal percentage per outing.
How Sacramento Kings & Utah Jazz Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Sacramento is 10-7 ATS while the OU is 10-7
Utah is 8-9 ATS while the OU is 11-6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be interesting in that you have a Sacramento team that played very well versus Oklahoma City in their last Outing. Combine this with the fact that they had been playing terrible on the road before their match up with the Thunder, I certainly have to give an enormous amount of respect to the Kings for showing up to play versus a team that had been on a tear lately. Nonetheless, Utah will also be motivated to get a win in this contest as they have certainly slid as it relates to wins and losses lately. And while the Jazz have proven that they can stop teams on the defensive end, their offense has been a bit inconsistent.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Utah Jazz -9.5
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Jazz in this matchup despite their recent play as they happen to be the more talented and consistent team, overall. All teams hit a wall at some time during a long regular season. With that being the case, expect the Jazz to bounce back in this game on Wednesday in that the Kings are young and talented, yet, inexperienced team that will certainly make head-scratching mistakes all year long. As stated, they deserve much respect for beating up on a red-hot Thunder team, however, the Jazz will indeed come out on top in this matchup as they will control the pace of the game throughout
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 217.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup and that the Utah Jazz defense has certainly held up early in the season as they are ranked 9th in the league in points allowed per game with 108 points despite allowing teams to shoot 47% from the floor on a nightly basis. Sacramento is ranked near the bottom in total points allowed in the league this year and while the Jazz will certainly take advantage of this throughout the game, the score will remain low throughout the contest due two offenses that have not learned to score with consistency as of yet.
Betting trends for Sacramento Kings:
- Kings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 4-0 in Kings last 4 road games.
Over is 5-1 in Kings last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Betting trends for Utah Jazz:
- Utah Over is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 home games.
Over is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
Jazz are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.