Utah Jazz: Shorthanded roster looking to play Spoiler vs Sacramento

Utah Jazz: Shorthanded roster looking to play Spoiler vs Sacramento

by Nico Fiscella

The Utah Jazz will be playing in game number 62 on the season. They are ten away from the playoffs. They have already secured a playoff spot. While they are still competing to remain the one seed, they could look to play spoilers in an attempt by the Sacramento Kings to sneak into the playoffs.

Star of Sacramento

Sacramento is led by young point guard De’Aaron Fox. He is surrounded by a great mix of young players who all have their own role on the team. However, the young Kings have not had the best year so far. A loss to the Jazz will only push their playoff hopes further down the drain.

Fox is the centerpiece of the team. He is averaging over 25 points per game while dishing out over seven assists on the night. Both Donovan Mitchell and Fox were both selected in the 2017 draft class, and. While the two teams will face off tonight, Fox will not be in attendance.

Fox has been sidelined with health and safety protocols so he will not be suiting up for the team tonight.

In their previous matchup, the Jazz won with ease. Earlier this month, the Jazz defeated Sacramento 128-112. The Jazz were led by Mitchell. He had 42 points on that night.

Mitchell shined in last matchup with the Kings

Mitchell has had three games this season with exactly 42 points. The Jazz have a record of 1-2 in those games. Mitchell’s performance against Sacramento was statistically one of his best on the year. He had a game score of over thirty on the night.

With the Jazz already clinching a spot in the playoffs, they only have one thing on their mind: the one seed. Utah is currently on a two game losing streak. They are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak on the season.

While the Kings playoff chances look slim, they are eyeing their third win out of their last four matchups.

Playoff Push

As for Sacramento, their eyes are set on making the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Kings are currently eleven games below .500. A loss tonight would push the Kings seven games back from Golden State with only nine games left in the season.

Utah and Sacramento tip off tonight at 8 PM Mountain Time in the Golden 1 Center. The two teams will meet one more time after this. Their game on May 16 will be the final game of the regular season for both teams.

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