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Utah Jazz vs Sacramento Kings Preview: Start Time, Channel, Injury Report

Will Hardy and The Utah Jazz looking for their first 3 game win streak against the 14-9 Sacramento Kings

New York Knicks v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

After just the 4th time this season of winning 2 games in a row, the Utah Jazz are looking to get their first turkey of the season. The good news is, anything is possible, the bad news is that they will be going up against the Sacramento Kings who currently are sitting 5th in the West and have won 4 of their 6 December games so far.

The Jazz will need to focus on containing the Kings 3 point shooting, as they are 3rd in the NBA in 3PT FG at 15.1 per game. Behind Malik Monks 43% from the arc, De’Aron Fox shooting 39%, Domantas Sabonis at 40%, and Kevin Huerter at 36% they aren’t short of shooters. The injury and sickness bug continues to plague the Jazz, but with the lineup we have set to play tonight, cross your fingers that the Jazz will be able to stymie the Kings 3pt efforts.

In their first meeting of the season, the Utah Jazz struggled to lock down Harrison Barnes who is currently averaging 11 ppg, but in that first game of the season went for his season high 33 points. The issue for the Jazz is that Barnes isn’t the biggest offensive threat on the team, and the defensive efforts are focused more on Fox (30 ppg) and Sabonis ( 18 ppg).

With Lauri Markkanen off the injury report ahead of tonights game, we can only hope that his season average 23 ppg will add to the offense that we saw against the Blazers just two nights ago. Keeping in mind that the offensive push in that game came from guys like Fontecchio, Sexton, and THT who might not be the most reliable when it comes to reproducing that efficiency...but one can hope.

Game Info

When: Saturday December 16, 8:00pm MST

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

TV/Streaming: NBA TV, KJZZ, Jazz+

Radio: KSL 1160AM, 102.7FM

Injury Report

It looks like illness is going around with the Jazz, with both Omer Yurtseven and Talen Horton-Tucker now out alongside John Collins.