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Utah at Sacramento
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

The Utah Jazz won 99 games over the previous two seasons and they open another promising campaign on Wednesday when they visit the Sacramento Kings. Utah won a playoff series in back-to-back seasons and looks to take another step forward this year.

Rookie guard Donovan Mitchell was the force that kept the team from declining after All-Star Gordon Hayward departed as a free agent prior to 2017-18 and power forward Derrick Favors enjoyed the last two seasons much better than the 57-loss club he was part of in 2013-14. "I was here for the lowest of the lows, I was here when we won 25 games, and it definitely feels a whole lot better to win 50 and be in the playoffs," Favors told reporters. "And hopefully we come into this year and kind of repeat that, and get even further." The Kings are at the other end of the spectrum with 12 straight seasons of missing the playoffs but are hoping No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley Jr. will help energize the rebuilding project. "Me personally, you want to come in and have a good season, and you've got to go through ups and downs to do that," Bagley told reporters. "So, it is just a time where I am just trying to learn and eventually as the season goes on it will come to me and everything will start clicking."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet (Utah), NBCS California (Sacramento)

ABOUT THE JAZZ (2017-18: 48-34): Utah has virtually the same team as last season and coach Quin Snyder is guarding against anyone becoming too comfortable. "I told the team I think there's a lot of room for improvement," Snyder told reporters. "Sometimes we associate continuity with, I don't want to say complacency, but that you're a finished product, so to speak, that you have what you want with continuity. That doesn't necessarily hold true in my mind." Mitchell emerged as a star while averaging 20.5 points and was runner-up in the Rookie of the Year balloting behind Philadelphia's Ben Simmons.

ABOUT THE KINGS (2017-18: 27-55): Center Willie Cauley-Stein shines at times and disappears at other moments and Sacramento didn't offer him an extension prior to Monday's deadline for fourth-year players, which means he will be a restricted free agent after the season. The Kings are willing to wait and see if the 25-year-old Cauley-Stein steps up his game - he averaged career bests of 12.8 points and seven rebounds last season - and plays more consistently before making a big financial commitment. "They made it pretty clear," Cauley-Stein told reporters recently of Sacramento management. "Dominate both sides of the floor and what you think is going to happen is going to happen, so that's what I came here to do."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Jazz went 3-0 against the Kings last season and won the past five meetings.

2. Sacramento SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will miss the first three weeks of the season after undergoing surgery in September.

3. Utah F Thabo Sefolosha will miss the first five games of the season due to a suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

PREDICTION: Jazz 108, Kings 103
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Utah 0-0 W3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Sacramento 0-0 L4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Utah Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/17/18 SAC 97 UTA 103 103 48 44.6 97 33 43.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah D. Mitchell 28 52.4 5
Sacramento B. Hield 23 60.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 13 3 10
Sacramento B. Hield 6 0 6
Assists Player  
Utah J. Ingles 9
Sacramento B. Hield 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah N/A
Sacramento N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah N/A
Sacramento N/A
Assists Player  
Utah N/A
Sacramento N/A
Quickchart Matchup
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