Jazz vs Kings The Sacramento Kings will be playing the Jazz I’m a preseason game, six days before opening the regular season against them. Last season, the Kings went 0-3 against the Jazz losing by an average of nine points.
The Kings may not be expected to knock off the Western Conference’s no. 5 seed from a year ago in the season opener, but they could very easily take them down a note in Thursday’s clash.
A win could also give Sacramento some added confidence in the season opener, something that could go a long way for a young team. Regardless, there will be plenty for Kings fans to watch for in Thursday’s game, starting with a battle between two high-profile guards.
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What to watch for
First on the list has to be how De’Aaron Fox is able to play against Donovan Mitchell’s Jazz team.
Last season Fox struggled mightily against the Jazz, shooting just 36 percent from the field for 11.3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. By comparison, Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell short 58 percent against Sacramento for 29.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals over their three games.
It’s unfair to put Mitchell and Fox on the same level as Mitchell has a far-superior team surrounding him as well as a better coaching staff; but it would go a long way toward believing Fox can take the next step if he’s able to perform at a high-level against a team he’s struggled with in his career.
Itll also be important to see how Marvin Bagley III plays in this one. The Jazz are a good defensive team and Bagley has struggled in the postseason thus far, seeing him right-the-ship in this one would certainly be a good sign.