Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
Game #49 • Energy Solution Arena • Salt Lake City, UT • February 4, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. (MT) • TV: ROOT Sports RADIO: 1280 AM/97.5 FM and 1600 AM ESPN Deportes
NBA Regular Season 2012-2013, Game 49:
Sacramento Kings (17-32) @ Utah Jazz (26-22)
Jazz look to make kings extra road weary with this one last stop
The Kings are on the last game of a 6 game road trip (6 games in 10 nights), they're losing a lot and aren't very good on the road. They have 5 total road wins this year, the last one being a 2 point victory against the Washington Wizards. The Jazz just lost their last game on the road, and kind of know the sting of hotel beds. On the flip side, the Jazz have lost only 5 home games all year long -- and will look to keep it this way as they face a team that's actually worse on defense than they are.
Sacramento doesn't look to be missing anyone, James Johnson has a sinus infection -- but I think he may suit up. The Jazz will be without starting point guard Mo Williams, should-be-starting guard Gordon Hayward, used-to-be-starting guard Raja Bell, and used-to-be-2nd-string guard Earl Watson tonight. So, yeah, expect Tyreke Evans to continue to kill us: he averages 23 / 5.5 / 4 against us for his career -- pretty much his best numbers for any split.
Of course, the interesting undercard is to see what dumb stuff DeMarcus Cousins does tonight. Enes Kanter got his goat last game. In the under-undercard there's the whole Jimmer Fredette issue, and I can imagine the stands will be filled with his supporters as well. It's fun. We had Damian Lillard come here and score almost 30 on us. What will Jimmer do?
At full strength I expect a Jazz win, we're really going to have to play as a team tonight if we're going to hold off a road weary Kings club. They'll be tired. But they're not missing four guards from their rotation (well, 3, Raja's not in it).