Preview: Sacramento At Utah

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Saturday, February 7, 2015
Where: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Matchup Edge
SAC Edge in: UTA
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The Sacramento Kings have lost 10 of their last 11 games and hope to halt the slide when they visit the Utah Jazz on Saturday. Sacramento was routed 101-78 at home by the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, a poor effort that upset All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Utah is also near the bottom of the Western Conference and has dropped five of its last six games after suffering a 100-93 road loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Cousins sharply criticized his teammates after the loss to the Mavericks and didn’t mince words. “It comes down to playing hard and with pride; have some self-respect and act like you care,” Cousins told reporters. “That’s what it comes down to — there’s nothing wrong with this team. It’s the same team everybody was praising at the beginning of the season; it’s just a matter of us changing our attitude.” The Jazz don’t have any vocal critics on their roster, but only the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves possess worse records in the West.

TV:
9 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), ROOT (Utah)

ABOUT THE KINGS (17-31): Point guard Darren Collison suffered a hip-flexor injury in the loss to Dallas and will miss the game against the Jazz. Collison has been solid while averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 assists, and Ramon Sessions and Ray McCallum will pick up the slack while he is sidelined. Sacramento small forward Rudy Gay is looking to bounce back from a dreadful 2-of-13 shooting effort while scoring 11 points after having 20 or more points in each of the previous four games.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (17-33):
Small forward Gordon Hayward continued his tear with 24 points against the Suns and has scored 24 or more points in six of the last eight games. Hayward also has had five or more assists five times during the stretch in which he is averaging 23.4 points, and his shooting has been solid, including making 24-of-43 over the past three contests. Leading rebounder Derrick Favors has been mediocre on the boards over the last four games, grabbing five or fewer in each contest.

BUZZER BEATERS
       
1. Sacramento won this season’s first meeting 101-92 on Dec. 8 behind 29 points from Gay.

2. The Kings are 6-17 under interim coach Tyrone Corbin, who was formerly Utah’s head coach.

3. Utah PG Trey Burke was just 2-of-13 in a five-point effort against Phoenix.

PREDICTION:
Kings 98, Jazz 94

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Sacramento 17-31 L2 10-17 7-14 2-3 15-28 3-7 12-20
Utah 17-33 L3 9-15 8-18 0-2 17-31 3-4 8-20

Last Meeting

Sacramento Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/8/14 UTA 92 SAC 101 101 45 47.3 92 35 40.5

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SAC R. Gay 29 52.6 9
UTA G. Hayward 19 37.5 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SAC R. Evans 13 0 13
UTA R. Gobert 9 6 3
Assists Player  
SAC D. Collison 6
UTA G. Hayward 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SAC R. Gay 984 43.7 247
UTA G. Hayward 1087 46.4 270
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SAC D. Cousins 483 115 368
UTA R. Gobert 445 152 293
Assists Player  
SAC D. Collison 281
UTA T. Burke 270

Quickchart Matchup

Sacramento  Off vs  Utah Def
100.8 Points For
98.6 Points Against
45.2 FG%
46.2 FG%
44.7 Reb
39.2 Reb
Utah Off vs  Sacramento Def
95.8 Points For
104.6 Points Against
45.1 FG%
45.1 FG%
39.2 Reb
40.3 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Sacramento Overall Utah
17-31 W/L 17-33
19-27-2 ATS 26-24-0
24-24-0 O/U 21-29-0
100.8 Pts For 95.8
104.6 Pts Against 98.6
Sacramento A/H Utah
7-14 W/L 9-15
10-11-0 ATS 11-13-0
11-10-0 O/U 10-14-0
100.2 Pts For 97.4
106.1 Pts Against 98.0