The Kings just closed a three-game homestand with three straight losses and they will begin a five-game road swing in Utah before heading to Miami on Monday night. The Jazz remain in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 28-13 overall record through 41 games while the Kings sit 4.5-games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8-seed. Can Utah bounce back with a win at home over the Kings on Saturday night?
Kings expected to welcome back BogdanovicSacramento lost its third consecutive contest on Wednesday night, falling at home to the Dallas Mavericks 127-123. De’Aaron Fox scored a team-high 27 points and dished out 12 assists while Buddy Hield added 25 in a losing effort for Sacramento. The Kings had no answer for Mavericks’ star Luka Doncic, who finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists on the night.
Bogdan Bogdanovic getting shots up after practice. pic.twitter.com/hJMcTBKuJ2— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) January 17, 2020
The Kings are expected to welcome back shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Bogdanovic will likely be on a minutes restriction after being a full participant in Friday’s practice.
The 27-year-old sharpshooter has missed the team’s past six games but has been one of their key contributors off of the bench, scoring 14.5 points on 38.3 percent shooting from 3-point range in just over 28 minutes of action per night. So what’s the significance? Well, the Kings are just 2-9 in games that Bogdanovic has missed this season.
Conley set to return for JazzThe Jazz snapped a 10-game winning streak on Thursday night with a crushing 138-132 overtime loss against the New Orleans Pelicans. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 46 points while Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz in the loss. Gobert had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation after the referees called a foul on an inbound pass with 0.2 seconds left. However, Gobert split the pair to send the game to overtime and fouled out in the extra session.
Over their last 15 games, the Jazz have been the NBA’s best offensive team, scoring a league-leading 118.3 points per 100 possessions during that span. Utah also leads the league in net rating in that timeframe with a +9.6 mark. Their improvements on offense have coincided with the loss of point guard Mike Conley, who has missed the last 14 games with a strained hamstring.
Conley is scheduled to return to the court for Saturday’s game against the Kings. The 32-year-old was expected to catapult the Jazz into contender status in the West, instead, he’s been slow to adjust to his new team. He has struggled in his first season with the Jazz, scoring just 13.6 points per game on a career-low 36.5 percent shooting from the field. According to Andy Larsen of KSL.com, Conley is probable for Saturday’s contest after missing 19 of the last 20 games.
- Kings are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Kings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Kings are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games.