What to Watch For: Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings

The Utah Jazz will take on the Sacramento Kings in a game that will determine if the Jazz will earn the number one seed in the NBA Playoffs
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Bojan Bogdanovic (44) knocks down a three pointer against the Sacramento Kings

Bojan Bogdanovic (44) knocks down a three pointer against the Sacramento Kings

The Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night 109-93. The Jazz win against the Thunder puts them in position to take the first seed in the NBA Playoffs with a win against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. 

Jazz vs Kings Throwback:

The Jazz have played the Kings 196 times in history, with the Jazz owning the all-time lead in wins 112-84.

On April 28, the Jazz broke their all-time scoring record with 154 points in a single game. They topped the Kings 154-105 as Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 24-points and Rudy Gobert finished off Sacramento with 5-blocks.

Key Players:

Mike Conley and Buddy Hield will be the two players to keep your eye on during the regular season finale.

All eyes will be on Mike Conley (10) as the Jazz take on the Sacramento Kings tonight

All eyes will be on Mike Conley (10) as the Jazz take on the Sacramento Kings tonight

Conley has recently returned from a right hamstring injury, but has been a crucial piece to the Jazz success throughout this season. He currently leads the team in assists (5.9) and steals (1.3) per game. 

Buddy Hield is second on the Kings in points (16.6), and third on the team in three-points field goal percentage (39.4%).

Fun Facts:

The Earned Edition uniforms will be worn for the final time this regular season during tonight's matchup against the Kings. Utah is currently 6-3 in their lime-green jerseys with their last win in their newest uniform coming against the Denver Nuggets on May 7.

It was announced that 13,000 fans will be allowed inside of Vivint Smart Home Arena for the NBA Playoffs. Masks are still required, but the stadium capacity will be at just under 72%.

The San Antonio Spurs weren't able to hold on to beat the Phoenix Suns in a thriller earlier this afternoon. Because of that, the Utah Jazz will need to win their final game of the regular season in order to clinch the number one seed in the NBA.

Donovan Mitchell's ankle was re-evaluated before last Friday's matchup against the Denver Nuggets, and it was once again announced that he will be 'out' and re-evaluated before the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Jazz are hopeful that he will be back in time for game one.

The Utah Jazz were the first team to secure a spot in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, and currently hold the number one seed. They need to beat the Phoenix Suns by one game or more to obtain the one-seed, and the Jazz currently are holding a one game lead over their nearest challenger. Read about the two teams upcoming schedules here.

The Utah Jazz need to emerge victorious in their final matchup of the regular season in order to clinch the number one seed in the NBA. Utah has a 51-20 record, and will look to finish the regular season in first place with a win tonight. The Jazz are currently in first place in the NBA and Western Conference, and are leading the Phoenix Suns by a half game, and the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers by four games in the Western Conference. They also lead the Philadelphia 76ers by three games, and the Brooklyn Nets by four games in the Eastern Conference.

Sacramento was eliminated from playoff contention earlier this week, and have gone 31-40 throughout this season. They are in twenty-second place in the NBA and in twelfth place in the Western Conference. In their last five games, the Kings are 2-3 with two wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder. They lost twice to the Memphis Grizzlies and once to the San Antonio Spurs during that stretch.

Donovan Mitchell (right ankle sprain) continues to be 'out' for the Jazz, and he is currently the only player on the Jazz injury report

Hassan Whiteside (back) is listed as questionable, while Justin James (ankle), Marvin Bagley III (groin), Richaun Holmes (knee), Harrison Barnes (groin), De'Aaron Fox (Covid-19), and Tyrese Haliburton (knee) are all listed as 'out' against the Jazz.

How to Consume:

The Utah Jazz will finish the regular season in hopes of clinching the number one seed as they take on the Sacramento Kings at 7pm MST. Jazz fans can watch the game on AT&T SportsNet, and can also tune into the game on 97.5FM or 1280AM.

Rudy Gobert (27) snags a rebound against the Sacramento Kings

Rudy Gobert (27) snags a rebound against the Sacramento Kings

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