Basketball betting favors the Utah Jazz on Friday as they host the Sacramento Kings. It is the second of three regular season meetings between the two teams.
The Kings won the first meeting in NBA betting, 104-99 at Utah. Here are some numbers to consider for this Friday night matchup between the Kings and Jazz.
Basketball betting has normally seen Utah do well against Sacramento but that was not the case a few months ago as the Jazz lost 104-99 at home. Rookie Tyreke Evans had a game-high 32 points for the Kings. Utah’s Deron Williams finished with a team-high 29 points and 15 assists while Carlos Boozer also recorded a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
Overall, the Jazz have won six of the last ten against the Kings but they are just 5-5 against the NBA betting odds. The Jazz usually own the Kings in Utah and the games are not normally close. Before that win in November, the Kings were blown out in the last four trips to Utah, losing by at least 13 points each time. The last two meetings between the two teams in Utah went under but the previous three had gone over in basketball betting.
Sacramento is exactly .500 on the road this season in basketball betting at 10-10-2. Their offense is pretty good at 9th in the league but their defense is right near the bottom of the league. That should mean their games go over the NBA betting total but that has not been the case. In fact, 13 of their 22 road games have gone under in basketball betting.
Utah is 16-7-1 this season vs. the basketball betting line at home. The Jazz are normally very tough in Salt Lake City and that has been the case again this season. They started slowly but have been very good at home in the past couple of months. In fact, Utah has been pretty good everywhere in NBA betting since the New Year started as they have one of the better records in the league this month. The Jazz have a slight better offense than Sacramento as they rank 8th in the league and their defense at 12th in the NBA is far better than what the Kings have. That is one reason why Utah is favored in basketball betting over Sacramento in this game plus the fact that they are at home.