Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings - 1/27/14
Sacramento Kings (15-28) at Utah Jazz (15-29)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Rudy Gay could return for the Sacramento Kings tonight when they pay a visit to the Utah Jazz.
The Kings have lost five of their last six games and will be looking to avoid a fourth straight after getting run out of the building by the Nuggets last night. Isaiah Thomas led six players in double figures with 22 points while Ben McLemore added 18, but with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay both nursing injuries on the sideline, the Kings just didn't have the firepower to stick with the balanced Nuggets offense. Gay is rumoured to be returning to the starting lineup tonight but you'll have to check back before tip-off to make sure.
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On the other hand, the Jazz were able to avoid a third straight loss on Saturday by beating the Wizards by 104-101 behind a big night from Enes Kanter who scored 24 points on 11 of 13 shooting. Gordon Hayward added 16 points and Alec Burks added 15, but once again the Jazz turned to Trey Burke late in the game and he delivered with clutch baskets in the clutch while doing a solid job of keeping the Wizards' John Wall to just 13 points. With the win, Utah improves to 15-29 overall and 9-12 at home.
In ATS trends, the Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss, while the Jazz are 2-6 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Kings are a healthy 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 22-8 ATS in the last 30 meetings in Utah.
Both Gay and Cousins are expected to miss this game which leaves the Kings heavily shorthanded once again. so I'm going to take the Jazz to win and cover at home in this one.