Jazz vs. Kings - 4/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (26-50) at Utah Jazz (35-42)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSAC, ROOT
The Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Sacramento Kings look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Kings are averaging 100.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and are allowing 104.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds while Ben McLemore is averaging 11.9 points and 1.6 assists. Omri Casspi is grabbing 3.7 rebounds and Ray McCallum is dishing 2.7 assists. The Sacramento Kings are coming off a Tuesday win over the Timberwolves in which they shot 52.5 percent from the field. The Kings have won five of their last six games when scoring 100-plus points. Cousins and Gay are both doubtful with injuries.
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The Utah Jazz look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 94.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 94.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.4 points and 4.2 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is grabbing 9.3 rebounds and Rodney Hood is dishing 1.4 assists. The Utah Jazz are allowing 40.8 percent shooting in their last five games and have won 10 of their last 15 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Jazz are doing a nice job of building confidence heading into next season. Trey Burke is questionable with a back injury.
The Kings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 17-35-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest. The Kings are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Utah and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
Assuming the Kings are without their top four players, I'm not sure how they keep this game close. The best bet would probably be to leave this game alone, but if forced to pick, I'm siding with the chalk.