The Utah Jazz are in Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center for a clash with the Kings in downtown Sacramento. Both squads opened the season with a win, as the Jazz cruised past the OKC Thunder for a 107-86 win on Wednesday night.
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) October 21, 2021
It looked like the same Jazz team that finished with a record of 52-20 and won the Western Conference by a game over the Phoenix Suns.
This was a special season for the Jazz in a year where they played spoiler over the media darlings in the West. The Clippers and Lakers were nowhere to be found. They finished 5 and 10 games behind the Jazz.
However, the Jazz didn’t make good when it mattered the most in the postseason. They were bounced out of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers in six games.
Despite their hot regular season, the Jazz didn’t get much respect. They needed to go beyond the second-round at least to garner respect from the public. In any case, we can’t take away what the Jazz did as a team in the regular season.
The Kings hope to use the Jazz’s success as a blueprint to a similar rise in the West. There’s talent to be had on this Sacramento team. They’ve quietly assembled a roster that has some depth.
Buddy ties Peja for most 3-pointers in Sacramento Kings history ? pic.twitter.com/VvnyKbbycJ
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) October 21, 2021
The key for the Kings to get to the next level is for Tyrese Haliburton to elevate his game. After a promising rookie campaign, the Kings are asking him to do more in what is hopefully a permanent starting role.
Haliburton was ineffective from the field in the season-opener with just 2 points, but it’s a good sign when they still have enough to beat the Portland Trail Blazers on the road, 124-121. Harrison Barnes had a big game with 36 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Perhaps more important than Hailburton developing into a go-to option is the Sacramento defense figuring things out. The Kings have been a fun team to watch, but need their defense to step up in 2021-22. Head below for our free Jazz vs. Kings pick on October 22, 2021.
Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Utah Jazz||-6 (-113)||-245||Over 226.5 (-110)|
|Sacramento Kings||+6 (-107)||+205||Under 226.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Utah Jazz||Sacramento Kings|
|Points Per Game||107||124|
|Points Against Per Game||86||121|
|Field Goal %||44||45.7|
|Three Point %||29.8||41.5|
Jazz vs. Kings Prediction:
The Kings had an offense that ran up and down the floor and scored consistently last year. They have the offensive pieces in this one to get up and quickly.
The Kings scored an average of 113.7 points per game, which was good for a tie with the Golden State Warriors. Offense wasn’t the issue for the Kings.
Their defense had too many lapses, leading to nearly 118 points against per game. They finished with a record of 31-41 because not enough stops were made.
Put defense on the Kings and they’re an above .500 team. Sacramento may not be as far off as some people believe. Their 124 points versus the Blazers to open the season was a welcome sign.
However, I’m not confident in their ability to slow down the Jazz tonight. Utah should be able to exploit their defense with relative ease. That’s not to say the Kings can’t stick around, but they are going to need Haliburton to get going offensively this time.
Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Trends:
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
- 2-9 ATS in their previous 11 games on a Friday
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games on the road
- OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games after covering the spread
- OVER is 8-2 in their previous ten games as a favorite
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games
- 10-3 ATS in their previous 13 games as an underdog
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games after a win
- OVER is 6-2 in their previous eight games versus a team with a winning record
The Jazz led the Western Conference with 116.4 points scored per game. They’ve laughed at this Kings’ defense in their most recent meetings. The Jazz have scored over 120 points in four straight games dating back to January 23, 2020.
That was good for an average of 131.5 points scored per game. The Jazz have defense, but could see them giving up points to a confident and poised Sacramento offense. I’m buying an OVER ticket for this one in Sacramento.