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Saturday, February 28th (All times eastern)

Sacramento Kings (13-47) at Utah Jazz (35-23), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - On the same day the franchise will mourn late owner Larry Miller, the streaking Utah Jazz hope to extend their winning streak to seven games and sweep the season series from the Sacramento Kings at EnergySolutions Arena.

The 64-year-old Miller died of complications from diabetes in Salt Lake City on February 20 and a public viewing and funeral service will take place at EnergySolutions Arena before tonight's game.

Since Miller took over the Jazz as the majority owner in 1986, the team has made 20 playoff appearances and enjoyed six trips to the Western Conference finals along with two appearances in the NBA Finals.

Currently, Utah is deadlocked with Dallas for the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff race, 2 1/2 games behind fourth-place Houston. The Jazz are also now just 3 1/2 games behind Denver for the Northwest Division lead.

Most recently, Utah earned a 120-103 victory at Minnesota on Wednesday. Mehmet Okur led a balanced attack with 25 points in that one, while Ronnie Brewer chipped in 20 points for Utah, which got 15 points from C.J. Miles and 13 points and 13 assists out of Deron Williams.

Carlos Boozer, playing in his second game after missing the previous 44 with a knee injury, and Andrei Kirilenko chipped in 12 points apiece in the win.

Sacramento, meanwhile, salvaged the finale of a three-game homestand Friday when Kevin Martin scored 20 points and went 4- of-9 from behind the arc to lead the Kings to their fourth straight win over the Los Angeles Clippers, a 98-86 victory at ARCO Arena.

Bobby Jackson chipped in 18 points and Andres Nocioni 17 for Sacramento, which is just 3-17 in its last 20 contests. Francisco Garcia ended with 15 points and six assists in the win.

Utah has won eight consecutive home games and is a gaudy 25-6 as the host this season. The Jazz have won four of five over Sacramento and five of the last seven meetings.

The Kings, who are a miserable 4-27 as the visitor on the year, have won 11 of their last 16 games in Salt Lake City.

02/28 10:43:13 ET


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