In their last encounter on NBA Picks, these two teams combined for 251 points, and we anticipate more back-and-forth action Tuesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. We explain everything in our Kings vs. Jazz betting predictions below.
The Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz square off at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night for the second of four regular-season matchups between these Western Conference rivals.
The Kings defeated the Jazz 126-125 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, as the Over easily connected. It was a rare victory for the Kings, who had a losing record in their last seven games, going 3-4 straight up. Furthermore, NBA Picks Sacramento has been a squad that has failed to cover in five consecutive games.
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The Jazz will be out for vengeance, and Utah will be aiming to stop a four-game losing streak of its own. Utah has also only covered once in the span. Will the Kings finally get a cover, or will the Jazz snap their losing streak? Below are my NBA Picks selections and predictions for Kings vs. Jazz.
Best odds for Kings vs. Jazz
Picks and predictions for Kings vs. Jazz
The Kings have averaged 118.0 points per game, ranking second in the NBA, while shooting 48.7% from the field, ranking fourth. Sacramento isn’t the greatest three-point shooting club, and it’s also not great at the free-throw line.
Sacramento, on the other hand, has allowed 116.7 points per game and has a defensive field goal percentage of 48.8% on NBA Picks, which ranks 27th in the league. As a result, I anticipate a back-and-forth with lots of points.
The Jazz have averaged 117.3 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA, while hitting 3-pointers at a 36.7% rate, ranking 12th.
Defensively, the Jazz rank eighth, allowing 34.9% from beyond the 3-point line. While this may be enough to deter Over bettors, don’t be concerned. Utah has given up baskets at a rate of 48.4% while allowing 116.6 points per game overall.
Hopefully, the scoreboard operator is stretching their fingers since they are in for a busy and interesting evening. While a score of 242.5 seems to be quite high, we witnessed 251 total points between these two teams last week. Expect these two teams to run it back for another Over here.
Over 242.5 is my best bet (-110 at OKBET)
Analysis of the Kings vs. Jazz spread
The Kings are coming off a 118-108 defeat at Memphis, but Sacramento has been reasonably effective on the road this season, going 8-8 SU for NBA Picks.
Something has to give the NBA Picks, as the Jazz have now lost four straight games. However, Utah is the side to support today because it is out for vengeance after losing in Sacramento last week. It now seems to be returning the favor.
Utah has won and covered three of its last four games at Vivint Smart Home Arena, and it is a good 15-12 versus Western Conference clubs overall. The Jazz have been a highly generous team, averaging 25.9 assists per game and finishing sixth in the West.
Utah is also 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in this series, while Sacto is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six. Playing the Jazz -2.5 (-110 at OKBET) with the Over is an appealing parlay.
Over/Under prediction for the Kings vs. Jazz game
The NBA Picks, Kings come into this game with a few injury concerns: shooting guard Kevin Huerter is a game-time decision due to a strained back, and Malik Monk (shoulder) is doubtful. That’s a major problem, and you should go back and double-check their status before committing to the Over.
Huerter is averaging 15.6 points per game and shooting 42.2% from beyond the arc. Monk has averaging 14.6 points per game while giving out 3.9 assists each game. They’ve just had Domantas Sabonis back, but now they’re dealing with these two issues.
The good news is that Monk has been in all 35 games for the Kings this season, so he’ll most likely play through it. Huerter just had 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals on Sunday at the NBA Picks, so he was OK the previous night. He’ll almost certainly battle through the back pain to suit up.
Utah has its own worries, as Collin Sexton (14.1 ppg) is officially out. While it isn’t ideal, Lauri Markkanen is perfectly enough, averaging 23.8 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. Markkanen, too, is a marksman, leading the Jazz with a 42.9% 3-point shooting percentage. Jordan Clarkson is also putting up massive statistics, averaging 20.5 points per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 3.9 rebounds per game.
The Jazz have won five of their last seven games overall, while going 6-2 in their last eight games versus teams with a winning overall record. In addition on NBA Picks, the Over is 9-4-1 in the last 14 home games vs teams with a losing road record. The Over has also gone 4-0 in the past four games overall, as well as 4-0 in the previous four meetings in Salt Lake City.
While the presence of Huerter and Monk on the injury list is cause for worry, betting on the Over is the way to go. Combine that with Markkanen at Over 33.5 points + rebounds (-108 at OKBET) and you’ve got a good bargain.
Know the Kings vs. Jazz betting trend
The Kings are 1-7-1 ATS in the last nine games in this series, while Sacramento is also 1-4-1 ATS in the last six visits to Salt Lake City. More NBA Picks trends for Kings vs. Jazz can be found here.