Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 5/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
The Sacramento Kings (31-40) host the Utah Jazz (51-20) at Golden 1 Center on Sunday.
The Utah Jazz took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder and notched a win by a score of 109-93 in their last contest. Utah ended the game with a 43.0% FG percentage (40 out of 93) and made 13 of their 39 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Jazz made 16 of 21 attempts for a percentage of 76.2%. With regard to rebounding, they compiled 53 with 17 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 23 assists for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and getting 9 steals. In regard to the defense, Utah let their opponent shoot 42.9% from the floor on 36 out of 84 shooting. Oklahoma City recorded 13 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. On top of that, Oklahoma City collected 45 rebounds (10 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Oklahoma City finished the contest at 93.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of 16 tries. They also knocked down 6 of 19 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Bojan Bogdanovic is one guy who was a major contributor in the game. He finished with 22 points on 8 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26:51 mins and also totaled 2 rebounds. Bogdanovic went 50.0% from the floor and earned 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Jazz was Rudy Gobert. He had 18 rebounds in his 26:48 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 55.6% from the field in this game by connecting on 5-of-9 (16 points). When the final whistle was blown, Gobert had 1 assist.
Utah will play this contest with a record of 51-20 this season. The Jazz are connecting on 38.8% on three-point shots (1,187 of 3,059) and 79.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 116.4 points per game (4th in basketball) while shooting 46.8% from the field. They turn it over 14.2 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.6 fouls per contest. As a team, Utah is snagging 48.2 boards per game and has racked up 1,675 assists on the year, which is 22nd in the league in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Jazz are forcing their opponents into 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. They currently rank 1st in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,580 surrendered on the season. The Jazz defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.7% (814 of 1,343) and they concede 42.7 boards per contest as a team. They give up 34.2% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 3rd in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (107.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Sacramento Kings went home defeated by a final of 107-106 when they played the Memphis Grizzlies. The Kings earned 42 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 56 for the game. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while earning 7 steals for the game. The Grizzlies committed 20 personal fouls in this game which took the Kings to the free throw line for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to knock down 22 of those for a clip of 81.5%. When talking about three-point shots, Sacramento converted 10 out of 42 tries (23.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Kings went 37 out of 96 from the field which had them shooting 38.5%. The Kings allowed the Grizzlies to make 37 of their 84 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 44.0% for the contest. They finished shooting 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 11 out of 33 and ended up going 22 of 35 at the free throw line (62.9%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Sacramento permitted Memphis to grab 49 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Damian Jones was important for the Kings in the game. He converted 6 of 7 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 85.7%, and had 11 rebounds. Jones accumulated 17 points in his 34:41 mins on the court and had 3 assists for the matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for Sacramento was Chimezie Metu. He wrapped the game up with 1 assist in his 22:24 minutes played, and he put in 6 of 10 from the floor. Metu walked away from this one going 60.0% from the floor while totaling 15 points and 5 total rebounds.
Sacramento has a record of 31-40 this season. As an offense, the Kings are connecting on 48.1% from the field, which ranks 6th in the league. Sacramento has accounted for 8,090 points this year (113.9 per game) and they grab 41.4 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.5 times per game (14th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per game. The Kings are responsible for committing 19.4 fouls per game while shooting 74.6% from the free throw line. The Kings on defense are ranked 28th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 117.4. The Sacramento defense allows 37.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (875 of 2,310) and opponents are knocking down 78.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 25.3 assists and 45.2 boards every game, which has them ranked 19th and 20th in basketball. They are able to force 13.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 48.8% from the floor (30th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah
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