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Jazz Look To Avoid Winless Road Trip Against Kings

Dec 30, 2022, 1:56 PM
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson stands in front of Sacramento Kings center Alex Len (Photo by Alex ...
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson stands in front of Sacramento Kings center Alex Len (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz will look to avoid going winless on their three-game road trip when they face the Sacramento Kings Friday night.

The Jazz are 0-2 on the current trip with disappointing losses to the San Antonio Spurs and shorthanded Golden State Warriors.

The Kings meanwhile will look to salvage a .500 record in the final game of their six-game homestand.

Jazz Struggling On Road

After losses to the lowly Spurs and a Warriors team playing without three starters, the Jazz will look for their first quality road win in more than a month.

The Jazz are just 2-10 in their last 12 road games and haven’t beaten a playoff team away from home since downing the Portland Trail Blazers 1188-113 on November 19.

Since that win, the Jazz are 1-8 as the visiting team with their lone win coming against the league-worst Detroit Pistons on December 20.

The Jazz have the second-worst record on the road among all teams in the NBA since November 12, trailing only the 2-11 Washington Wizards.

On the bright side for the team, Friday’s matchup with the Kings will mark the league-leading 21st road game of the season, meaning the Jazz have played more than half of their total road games for the season before January 1.

Kings Have Hit A Road Bump

After jumping out to a quick 10-6 start to open the season the Kings have fallen back to earth over their last 17 games.

The Kings are just 8-9 since November 23rd and have dropped from the fifth seed in the West to the seventh.

Sacramento owns the league’s seventh-best offensive rating for the season, but are ranked 19th over their last 17 games.

Despite their recent struggles, forward Domontas Sabonis has been a bright spot for the Kings.

The Gonzaga product is averaging 19.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 7.3 assists while shooting a staggering 52 percent from the three-point line in his last 16 appearances.

Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings Broadcast

The Utah Jazz and Kings will tip off at 8 pm MT in Sacramento. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. It can also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.

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