When: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 • 10:00 PM ET
Where: Golden 1 Center • Sacramento, CA
Local: ATTSN-RM, NBCSCA
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone, KHTK Sports 1140 AM
Thabo Sefolosha - Knee (Out for season)
Rudy Gobert - Knee (Out - but making progress!)
Dante Exum - Shoulder (Out indefinitely)
Skal Labissiere - Shoulder (day-to-day)
Frank Mason - Heel (Out)
Harry Giles - Knee (Out)
What to Watch For:
Donovan Mitchell vs. D’Aaron Fox is the headline “fight”. Fox is having an alright season, putting up 10.3 points per game as well as 4.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1 steal, in just 26.4 minutes a game. The problem is his shooting percentages, where he is 30% from 3, and a 43.1% eFG%, as well as a 69.3% from the free throw line. While he may not be a huge scoring threat, having a season high of 19 points, he is a passing threat and fairly good at defense. De’Aaron has three times this season posted 10-assist game. Donovan seems to have the upper edge in this matchup, but the Jazz cannot let their guard down.
George Hill vs His Old Team:
George Hill has had an alright season so far, but doesn’t seem to be playing at the level he was last year. However, he is shooting a scorching hot 44% from 3, so keeping him off the 3pt line will be crucial. We will see how our guards match up with him as one of their lead threats. Buddy Hield is another person to keep an eye on, and super-vet Zach Randolph is actually the team’s leading scorer at 14.8 points per game. So it is apparent that this team has a hard time scoring, and by necessity has to do it by commission. The Kings have six players who average 10 points per game or more. Whereas, the Jazz have five players averaging 10 points per game or more, but have two of those players (Rodney Hood and Donovan Mitchell) averaging over 16 a game. Will the more talented team win, or will the wily old vets pull out their experience and will themselves to a win?