Jazz vs Kings Free Pick January 17, 2018
Larry Ness' Jazz vs Kings Free Pick
Start Time: January 17 2018, 10:05 PM
My 1* Free Play is on the Sacramento Kings (10:05 EST).
The 17-26 Utah Jazz are in Sacramento to take on the 13-30 Kings on Wednesday and for a number of different reasons, I think this one favors the home side.
We don’t have to question the Kings effort level this evening, as they come in having lost five straight, most recently falling in OKC on Monday. The Jazz can empathize, as they’ve gone just 1-5 in their last six, most recently losing to the Pacers.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell was a bright spot in Utah’s loss to Indiana on Monday, scoring 23.
Jazz guard Ricky Rubio is just 4 of 18 from the floor over his last two games though and he and didn’t even have an assist in the loss to the Pacers (first time that’s happened in his career!) Meanwhile, Kings’ guard Buddy Heild, who has struggled on the road, has been fantastic in front of the home town crowd, hitting 48.5 percent from range.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points in the the Kings 95-88 loss to the Thunder, while Hield added 16.
I’ll point out as well that Utah is already just 3-5 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite this year, while Sacramento is 24-15 ATS in its last 39 after three or more consecutive straight-up losses.
Two desperate teams going head-to-head on Wednesday night. All signs point to a competitive battle. Consider the points.