Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 12/30/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
The Utah Jazz are traveling to Golden 1 Center on Friday where they will try to beat the Sacramento Kings.
The Jazz stepped onto the hardwood against the Warriors and took a loss by a score of 112-107 in their last game. Utah finished the contest with a 40.7% FG percentage (37 out of 91) and converted 15 out of their 46 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Jazz made 18 of 26 attempts for a percentage of 69.2%. When talking about rebounding, they collected 50 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 26 assists for the game while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 3 steals. With respect to defending, Utah allowed their opponent to shoot 42.5% from the field on 37 of 87 shooting. Golden State dished out 22 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Golden State snagged 51 boards (10 offensive, 41 defensive) and got 6 blocked shots. Golden State finished the game at 81.5% from the charity stripe by burying 22 of 27 shots. They converted 16 of their 45 tries from beyond the perimeter. Regarding personal fouls, the Jazz ended up walking away with 22 while the Warriors accounted for 26 personal fouls.
Lauri Markkanen is a guy who was a major factor in the game. Markkanen ended up going 45.5% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist. He was on the court for 36 minutes played and also totaled 16 rebounds. He scored 29 points on 10 of 22 shooting.
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Utah will enter this game with a mark of 19-18 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.4 times per contest and as a unit are committing 21.2 fouls per game. As a team, Utah is snagging 43.6 rebounds per game and has racked up 959 assists so far this year, which is 4th in the league in terms of passing. The Jazz are shooting 36.8% on 3-pointers (546 of 1,482) and 77.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 116.9 pts per game (4th in the NBA) while shooting 47.0% from the field.
On defense, the Jazz are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers per game while drawing 20.8 fouls. They are ranked 12th in the NBA in giving up assists with 861 relinquished on the season. The Jazz defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.2% (1,597 of 3,315) and they concede 44.1 boards per contest as a team. They relinquish 34.8% on 3-point attempts and they rank 23rd in basketball in opponents points per game (116.1).
When they last played, the Kings got the win with a final of 127-126 against the Nuggets. In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, Sacramento allowed Denver to snag 34 in total (7 on the offensive side). They finished 44.4% from distance by shooting 12 of 27 and finished the contest at 16 out of 18 at the free throw line (88.9%). The Kings permitted the Nuggets to make 49 out of their 85 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.6% in this game. Overall, the Kings finished the game shooting 47 out of 89 from the field which gave them a percentage of 52.8%. In relation to 3-point shots, Sacramento converted 14 out of 31 attempts (45.2%). They were able to knock down 19 of those for a clip of 76.0%. The Nuggets had 24 fouls for the contest which got the Kings to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They also turned it over 12 times, while recording 10 steals in this matchup. The Kings earned 23 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 for this game.
Malik Monk ended up being important for the Kings for this game. He made 12 out of 21 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 57.1%, and tallied 2 rebounds. Monk racked up 33 points in his 30 mins on the court and had 3 assists for the matchup.
Sacramento has a mark of 18-15 on the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Kings are shooting 48.8% from the field, which ranks 4th in the NBA. Sacramento has totaled 3,895 pts for the year (118.0 per contest) and they collect 42.0 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 26.7 times per game (7th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.7 times per contest. The Kings commit 20.8 fouls every game and they go 77.8% from the free throw line.
The Kings on the defensive side of the court are 24th in the NBA in points given up per game with 116.4. They are able to force 14.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.7% from the floor (28th in the NBA). The Sacramento defense allows 36.8% on 3-pointers (371 of 1,007) and their opponents are making 81.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 25.3 assists and 42.2 rebounds every game, which is ranked 16th and 8th in the league.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah
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