Coming into Sunday’s battle against the Utah Jazz, the Sacramento Kings have lost three games in a row. They have lost the three games by an average margin of 12.3 points and failed to break 90 points in two of those three games. Since trading DeMarcus Cousins away to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Kings have a 1-3 record and the losing should be expected to continue.
They will host a Jazz team that has been mediocre in their last ten games, going exactly even with a record of 5-5. But, their point guard, George Hill, is coming off a monster game in which he dropped 34 points and 7 assists.
One player to watch for the Kings is Buddy Hield. Hield was traded to Kings in that deal that sent Cousins to the Pelicans and he has been good since joining the Kings. He has played in four games so far, today will be his fifth, and he has scored in double-digits in three of those four games. For the Kings to have a chance Hield will need to score double-digits and pick up some assists as well.
Gordon Hayward is the key player for the Jazz to pick up a must needed win. Hayward has scored double-digit points in the last six games and you should expect him to do it again against the Kings. One stat that is worrisome for Hayward and the Kings is his percentage from the 3-point line. In the last two games he is averaging 23 percent from behind the arc. This is a huge drop for a guy that is shooting 39 percent, per game, for the season.
He’s been struggling from the 3-point line, but he has been on a dunking rampage since the All-Star break. Here is one of the posters he has put on his showcase recently.
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