Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz Betting Preview

Written by superuser | April 7, 2021

Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz Betting Preview


On Saturday night, one of the most intriguing NBA games to bet on is between the Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz. This Western Conference battle pits two teams at polar opposites of the spectrum against each other. While Utah will be a heavy favorite, this game still offers strong betting value.

Let’s familiarize ourselves with the Kings and the Jazz and where the best bets of NBA Saturday can be found.


Sacramento Kings: League-Worst Defense

The Kings are just a few games out of eighth place in the West, but their defensive inefficiencies put them at a serious disadvantage. Sacramento is the most generous defense to opposing teams in the NBA.

Top cappers know that teams are shooting extremely well against the Kings, and unless remedied, they don’t stand much of a chance in this one. What separates Sacramento as such an exploitable defense is how weak it is across the board. The Kings are the worst team at both defending the paint and the three-point shot.

Opposing offenses can pick and choose how they’d like to attack the Kings, knowing they should find success. On a positive note, Sacramento’s offense is a top 10 unit on paper, thanks to the fast pace it plays at.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox has taken the next step this season. Fox leads the Kings with 24.6 points and 7.1 assists per game. The slashing guard prefers to attack the basket, a style that suits him against Utah. The Jazz, despite the presence of Rudy Gobert, are the fifth-most susceptible defense in the paint.

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Player prop pick: Take De’Aaron Fox’s point over

As of this writing, the Kings are 23-28 against the spread and 29-22 against overs.

Utah Jazz: The NBA’s Best Team

Utah has emerged as not just the Western Conference’s top team but the most balanced team in all of the NBA. They are a team to consider when looking at betting NBA futures. The Jazz are the only team to be ranked inside the top five for both offense and defense. This balance has them atop the West and poised for a deep run this postseason.

Currently the NBA’s third-best offense, the Jazz should have their way against the Kings’ 30th-ranked defense.

Donovan Mitchell leads Utah with 25.4 points per game on 43/40/84 shooting splits. Mitchell has done it all for Utah. He’s shooting over eight threes a game, so expect a big game from the guard against the Kings dreadful three-point defense.

Player prop pick: Take Donovan Mitchell’s point over

The Jazz have been even better on the defensive end, averaging 6.6 steals and 5.5 blocks per game. They let the opposition score just 107.2 points per game, good for fourth best in the league.

As of this writing, Utah is 31-19 ATS and 23-26-1 against overs.

Game Pick: Don’t Shy Away from the Better Team

It’s no secret that Utah is the superior team on Saturday night. Even with a big spread, you can bet the Jazz confidently, knowing they have advantages up and down the floor.

As mentioned, consider taking a few player props for the star guards of these teams. Their personal offensive tendencies align with the defense’s weaknesses.

Game pick: Utah to win and cover