Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings Matchup Preview (11/20/2021)
By Max Heering
The 10-5 Utah Jazz and the 6-9 Sacramento Kings have distinctly different styles of play. The Jazz are a little more experienced and have strong shooting and defense. However, they also do not push the pace of play very much. On the other hand, the Kings are young and will try to run any team they are playing out of the gym. They also do not play much defense.
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The Utah Jazz are coming off a 119-103 win against the Toronto Raptors. Rudy Gay played in his first game of the season and wasted no time. He had 20 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Donovan Mitchell also had 20 points, and Rudy Gobert had a 14 point, 11 rebound double-double. The Jazz had an embarrassing 23 turnovers but hit 55% of their shots from the field and 12/13 free-throws.
The Sacramento Kings are coming off a 107-97 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. De’Aaron Fox had 28 points, and Buddy Hield threw in another 16 off the bench. The Kings outrebounded the Timberwolves 47-36 but could not make shots. They only hit 36.6% of their shots from the field.
Jazz vs. Kings Prediction
This is not a hard call to make. The Jazz are now playing as a completely healthy team. The Kings are also completely healthy, but they do not have the pieces that the Jazz have. They will easily handle this young Kings team and show why they are one of the best in the league. Watch out for a blowout.