Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game at Vivint Arena. After playing each other on New Years Eve, the Kings and Jazz clash for already the 2nd time this season tonight in Salt Lake City. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Jazz are playing solid basketball lately, but they find themselves on a run of 4 straight defeats. You might be asking yourself, how is that possible? Well, teams are just outperforming them in the clutch. The margin of defeat in those 4 games was 3, 1, 5 and 4 points. Their last 2 losses were due to late threes by Kevin Huerter and Tyler Herro, which can be very damaging for a team’s morale. However, at 12-6 SU at home this season there is still hope for them to turn things around, starting tonight against the Sacramento Kings. The two teams were evenly matched in that game on NYE, Lauri Markkanen had his way with 36 points and I’m expecting big things once again from him in tonight’s game. The Jazz are on a streak of 6 wins in a row in home games vs the Kings, they’ve also covered in 4 of their last 6 vs Western Conference opponents.
After winning two games by a single point, the Kings were slowed down a bit in their last game by the Memphis Grizzlies who beat them 118-108. All 5 starters scored in double-figures, but it was a relatively inefficient performance, as a unit the Kings shot just 40% from the field. Ja Morant destroyed them with 35 points and 8 rebounds, the good news is Utah doesn’t have such a superstar among their ranks, so they might actually stand a chance in tonight’s game. Domantas Sabonis continues to play through pain as he’s dealing with a finger injury which will require surgery in the offseason most likely. Sacramento has all the head-to-head stats working against them here, but momentum is definitely on their side following the win against the Jazz a few days ago.
A close game again would favor the Kings, players like Huerter are known to thrive in those situations. The Jazz have been in a slump, I don’t see them beating a strong Kings side at the moment. Let’s go with the road team and the extra points here.
Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings Predictions & Odds
The oddsmakers are expecting a ton of points tonight, they’ve set the total at a whopping 243 points which is one of the highest marks I’ve seen all season. We just saw 251 points scored in the game between these two played in Sacramento, however I think there must come a point where both teams will cool off a bit. Tonight could be the night. The Kings are just 5-12 on the O/U in road games this season, 5 of their last 6 games away from home have ended under the total. The Jazz have also trended towards low scoring games at home with 4 of their last 5 cashing on that bet. With an average of 232.7 points per game scored in the last 10 meetings, I feel like backing the under will give us a better chance of cashing on this game as the projected total is just too high.