WagerTalk NBA handicapper Andy Lang offers his player prop predictions and picks for tonight’s Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings battle from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT. The Jazz sit on the fringe of the Western Conference play-in with the Kings leading the way in the Pacific Division.
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|Monday, March 20||NBA Betting Notes, Courtesy of Caesars|
|Point Spread:||Utah Jazz +6.5 vs Sacramento Kings|
|Arena:||Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT|
|Game Time:||9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT|
|TV:||NBC Sports California|
The Sacramento wrap up a four game road trip in Utah with a Western Conference tilt against the Jazz on Monday night.
The Jazz hung on for a 118-117 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The Kings won their third straight game 132-118 on the road against the Washington Wizards.
This will be the third of four games in a regular season series that Sacramento leads 2-0 after winning both home and away games against Utah. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PST from Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Jazz improved to 34-36 on the season after beating the Celtics by one of point. The Jazz dominated the glass with a ridiculous 56-40 rebounding advantage. Lauri Markkanen led all scorers with a 28 point, 10 rebound double-double.
Kelly Olynyk recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds as did Walker Kessler with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Utah currently occupies the 11th seed in the Western Conference, tied with the 10th seeded Lakers. They rank 6th in scoring with 117.2 points a game on 47.2% shooting.
Defense has been a different story as the Jazz rank 25th in defensive rating and 22nd in defensive scoring 117.2 points allowed per game.
Lauri Markkanen (back), Jordan Clarkson (finger) and Collin Sexton (hamstring) have all been ruled out for this tonight’s game.
The Sacramento Kings moved to an impressive 43-27 on the season after winning their third straight game against Washington.
Three-point shooting proved to be the difference as the Kings shot 22-37 for 59.5% from beyond the arc while the Wizards shot only 13-36 for 36.1%.
Domantas Sabonis led his team in scoring and fell a rebound short of a triple-double with 30 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Keegan Murray added 19 points and 5 rebounds while Terrance Davis tacked on 21 points off the bench.
Sacramento is deadlocked with the Memphis Grizzlies for the two seed in the Western Conference, 4 games behind the first place Nuggets. The Kings are the top scoring team in the NBA with 121.1 points a game, the only team with 120+ points per game.
Defense has been a struggle as they rank 24th in defensive rating and 27th in defensive scoring with 118.2 points allowed per game. Kevin Huerter (knee) and Trey Lyles (shoulder) are both listed as questionable for this contest.
The Sacramento Kings are 6.5 point road favorites with a huge total set at 238.5. This game should be a shootout as the #1 & #6 scoring offenses face the 24th & 25th ranked defenses.
The Kings are basically full strength while the Jazz will be missing three starters which opens the door for player prop overs on Utahs side.
Kelly Olynyk in particular will get extra rebounding opportunities without Markkanen on the floor and extra assist chances will be there in a fast paced game with both starting guards out.
Olynyk has a Rebounds + Assists line of 10.5 that he has cleared in 4 of his last 6 games with 19, 12, 6, 12, 10 & 15 RA. He has crushed this line in the last three games without Markkanen on the court with 15, 20 & 12 RA.
Olynyk had 10 RA in his last game against Sacramento in game where Markkanen record 9 RA and the starting point guard Mike Conley had 8 RA. With his team short-handed in a fast paced game, Olynyk will get every opportunity to crush this line.
Player Prop Prediction: Kelly Olynyk OVER 10.5 Rebounds + Assists -105 Draftkings
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