The Utah Jazz look to take another step toward claiming the top NBA betting seed in the Western Conference when they play host to the struggling Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
Utah is in first place out West, 2.5 games in front of Phoenix and four games in front of the LA Clippers. Sacramento has fallen to 12th, five games behind Memphis for the eighth and final playoff berth.
Let’s find out if Donovan Mitchell and the red-hot Jazz will cover the chalk as a double-digit home favorite. The NBA Odds for this Western Conference clash and all seven Saturday matchups are live in the BetUS Online Sportsbook.
Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz
When: Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
TV: NBALP, AT&T Sportsnet – RocNBC Sports California
Radio: KZNS / S: KTUBKHTK Sports 1140 AM
There’s No D in Sacramento
The Kings have put points on the board like a champ but the mostly young Kings have played defense like a chump.
After winning their previous five games, the Kings come into this matchup looking to snap a five-game losing streak that has seen the Western Conference playoff longshots allow at least 113 points in every game.
Sacramento suffered a 113-101 home loss against the lowly Pistons on Thursday night. De’Aaron Fox had 23 points, seven assists, and nine rebounds for the Kings, but the Kings allowed the recently traded Cory Joseph to score a game-high 24 points in the loss.
“That was absolutely unacceptable,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s not OK. It’s frustrating. We’re making a lot of the same mistakes.”
The Kings average an impressive 114.4 points per game (9th) on 48.2% shooting from the field (6th) and 36.0% from beyond the arc (18th). Defensively, Sacramento allows a whopping 118.5 points per game (30th) on 48.8% shooting from the field (30th) and 39.2% from 3-point distance (29th). Sacramento has gone 10-15 on the road.
Jazz Look Legitimate
If you were thinking there was no way that Mitchell and the Utah Jazz could continue the high level of play we saw in the first half of the season – think again.
Utah has won eight of its last 10, including an impressive 122-103 home win over Portland on Thursday. Mitchell scored a team-high 37 points while adding five rebounds and four assists to help Utah win its 23rd straight at home. All-Star center Rudy Gobert added 18 points with 21 rebounds while Joe Ingles chipped in with 13 points and six assists off the bench.
“This was a must-win,” Mitchell said. “We kind of put our focus on that, not letting three go to teams who are playoff bound.”
Utah averages 116.9 points per game (3rd) on 46.7% shooting from the field (14th) and 39.0% from beyond the arc (4th). Defensively, the Jazz limit the opposition to 107.3 points per game (3rd) on 44.6% shooting from the field (2nd) and 34.2% from 3-point distance (2nd).
Spydah Mitchell Leads the Way
Mitchell, a fourth-year shooting guard, is averaging a career-high 26.0 points, to go along with 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per contest. Mitchell has scored 78 points over Utah’s last two games and has put 30 or more on the board six times in Utah’s last 11 games.
Sacramento has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600. Conversely, Utah is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games, 19-8 ATS in the last 27 games against a team with a losing record and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Utah recorded a 123-101 home win the last time these two met on Jan. 18 and I’m expecting another nearly identical finish.