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Kings vs. Jazz Preview & Predictions: Stay On Beat

Kings vs. Jazz Preview & Predictions: Stay On Beat

It’s hard to get excited about this one, isn’t it? Monk is out. Huerter is out. The back to back losses to the Mavericks still sting. The Kings are limping into the home stretch when just a week ago it seemed like the Kings were peaking at the right moment. But that speaks to how quickly momentum can shift. The season isn’t over yet, and the Kings may have reinforcements on the horizon. Sasha Vezenkov is still listed as questionable, signaling he could return at any moment, although he’s been listed as questionable for like two weeks now. But Trey Lyles has also been upgraded to questionable. Getting one or both of Lyles and Sasha back would be a nice boost to a bench that has been thinned by injuries. The Kings will need the bench boost as soon as possible, and the entire roster will need to step up. De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis will need to lead the way. Keegan Murray will need to be a bigger factor in the offense. Keon Ellis will need to keep locking fools down. Davion Mitchell will need to lead the bench. The Kings have been dealt a blow, but the season isn’t over yet.

Let’s talk Kings basketball!

When: Sunday, March 31st, 6:00 PM PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140

Last Time

In what was the greatest shooting display in Sacramento Kings history, Keegan Murray made an NBA record 11 straight three pointers en route to a career-high 47 points and a 125-104 victory. Murray finished 12-15 overall from three and scored 26 points in the third quarter alone.  Collin Sexton led the way for Utah with 28 points.

Three in the Key

Get the lead, keep the lead: “Oh, score more points? Great analysis Greg!” But we all know what this means. Too often this season the Kings have had a sizeable lead only to squander it. All I want in my Easter basket is for the Kings to find the ability to finish games without giving us all heart attacks.

Clean the Glass: The Utah Jazz are not having the best of seasons, currently sitting at 29-45. They’ve got plenty of injuries themselves. But the one thing the Jazz do really well is rebound. The Jazz rank 4th in the NBA in rebounds per game, largely due to their dominance with offensive rebounds. The rest of the Kings need to exert themselves grabbing defensive rebounds and limiting Utah’s second chances

Protect the Ball: The Jazz commit the most turnovers in the NBA, averaging 15.6 turnovers per game. They also commit the second-fewest steals in…

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