Free NBA Pick: Jazz vs. Kings NBA Odds
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2221 NBA Handicapping
(1-0) Utah Jazz vs, Sacramento Kings (1-0)
Date: Friday, October 22th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Jazz -225 | Kings +185 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
The Kings looked good in their series opener with a 124-121 win at Portland but oddsmakers are taking that with a grain of salt in making Sacramento a 5.5 underdog at home against the Jazz.
Make no mistake Utah had a solid start to the season as well, taking down Oklahoma City 107-86. The Jazz were also a -14 point favorite in that game though, and the quality of competition ramps up on Friday night on the road.
The Jazz had basically the perfect opponent to get rid of their offseason cobwebs in what was a glorified scrimmage. Utah was up 26 points at one span in the game and Quin Snyder was able to get some minutes deep into his rotation.
Rudy Gobert was able to grab 21 rebounds in 26+ minutes on Wednesday night while chipping in 16 points. Donovan Mitchell was quiet with a 6 for 17 shooting night, finishing with just 16 points.
Six Jazz players scored in double digits on Wednesday but perhaps more importantly nobody played more than Gobert’s 29:29 of court time. That leaves Utah fresh to face a fast paced Sacramento team that had 108 possessions in their opener.
The Jazz ranked #4 in defensive efficiency last season and were 6th in giving up 108.3 ppg. Wednesday’s 107-86 game against OKC went ‘under’ the 222 total and that number is up just slightly at 226.5 for Friday night’s tilt.
The Kings tallied a 3-point win over Portland last time out but to be honest the game really wasn’t that close. The Kings were up 18 at one point and the Trail Blazers only made the final score look close thanks to a 36-24 edge in the 4th quarter.
Sacramento was led by a career night from Harrison Barnes who had 36 points while hitting 8 of 11 three pointers. It’s hard to expect another night like that from Barnes, so De’Aaron Fox needs another big night like his 27 point, 8 assist showing vs. Portland.
The Kings were last in defensive efficiency last season and looked good out of the gate holding Portland to 49 points in the 1st half of Wednesday’s game. They gave up 72 in the 2nd half points though so we don’t know what to expect from this team on Friday night.
The Kings did a good job on the perimeter of holding Damian Lillard to 20 points on 8 of 24 shooting, but allowing 58 points in the paint has to be of concern with Rudy Gobert coming to town in game two.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 7-2 last 9 as a favorite
- Jazz are 1-4 ATS last 5 overall
- Jazz are 2-9 ATS last 11 Friday games
- OVER is 8-2 in Jazz last 10 as a favorite
- Kings are 5-1 ATS last 6 overall
- Kings are 10-3 ATS last 13 as an underdog
- Kings are 7-15-1 ATS last 23 as an underdog
Free Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Prediction:
It’s hard to know what to expect from either team on Friday night as the Jazz beat a bad OKC team in their opener and Sacramento looked good against an inconsistent Portland squad in their first game of the year on Wednesday.
Obviously the Jazz have higher hopes for the upcoming season, but 5 points just seems like a bit much in this early season matchup. Fox can keep the Kings in this one and rookie Davion Mitchell looks like a stopper defensively on the perimeter – albeit after just one game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Kings +5.5
Utah could also easily dominate this one behind the big man combo of Gobert and Whiteside, but the Kings should make adjustments after getting burned in the paint by Portland.
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