Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz NBA Picks & Predictions 3/17/2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Vivint Smart Home Arena
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The Sacramento Kings head to Vivint Smart Home Arena to take on the Utah Jazz on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The opening line for this game has Utah as 14 point favorites.
The Kings head into this matchup with a mark of 22-47. They are 4th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -7.7 as they are averaging 99.6 points per contest while giving up 107.3 per game. The Jazz have an overall record of 39-30. They currently are 4th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 103.1 points per game and surrendering 99.9, good for a point differential of 3.2.
Valuable Sacramento Kings Betting Trends
The Sacramento Kings are 31-34-4 against the spread
The Sacramento Kings are 37-31-1 against the over/under
Important Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 38-30-1 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 30-38-1 against the over/under
Key Sacramento Kings Injuries
03/14/18 F Skal Labissiere Hip is "?" Friday vs Golden State
02/11/18 G Iman Shumpert Plantar Fasciitis is out indefinitely
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
01/13/18 F Thabo Sefolosha Knee is out for season
De'Aaron Fox comes into this game averaging 11.6 points per contest while playing 27.5 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 2.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 4.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is 73%. Buddy Hield averages 12.7 points per contest in 24.5 minutes per game this year. He averages 1.7 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per contest for Sacramento. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Rudy Gobert has scored 13.9 points per contest while playing 32.2 minutes per game this season for the Jazz. He hauls in 10.7 rebounds per contest and has 1.4 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 61% and his free throw percentage is at 69%. Donovan Mitchell averages 19.8 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 33 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.7 rebounds per game and 3.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Sacramento averages 99.6 points per contest this year, which is 29th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -7.74 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 22nd. From 3-point territory they shoot 38%, which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 40.7 boards per contest and 21.4 assists per game, which ranks them 28th and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 23rd with 13.8 per game. The Kings allow 107.3 points per contest which is 17th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from 3-point range, ranking them 28th and 30th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd, and they allow 24.3 assists per game which puts them in 23rd place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 24th in the NBA with 103.1 points per contest this season. They are 16th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 3.25. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 11th in the league. They are 21st in the NBA in rebounding with 42.9 boards per contest and 23rd in assists per game with 21.8. The Jazz are 13th in turnovers per contest with 14.7. The Jazz give up 99.9 points per game, which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 7th and 12th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 19.8 dimes allowed per game and 6th with 41.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Jazz are 25th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.1 per contest this year.
The Kings are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.2, and their defensive rating of 112.3 is ranked 2nd. In terms of pace they are 29th in the league with 95.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 27th. As a team they are 30th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shots, ranking 28th in the league. Sacramento is 20th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 1st in the league.
Utah is 8th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Jazz are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 104.2, and their offensive rating of 107.6 is ranked 29th. They are 26th in the NBA in pace with 95.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 13th. As a unit they are 12th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 9th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Kings/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Utah -14
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