NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 3rd (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (19-26) at Utah Jazz (22-24), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz both try and win back- to-back games, as the clubs square off tonight at the Delta Center.
This is the first of a home-and-home set between the clubs. The Kings will host the Jazz on Sunday at ARCO Arena.
Utah plays the finale of a three-game homestand and is 1-1 on the current stand. On Wednesday, Mehmet Okur finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jazz to a 103-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Center.
Andrei Kirilenko contributed 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks in the win over Denver for Utah, which halted a three-game skid. Keith McLeod tallied 18 points for the Jazz, who shot a blistering 55.2 percent from the field in the victory.
The Jazz, who lost to San Antonio, 79-70, on Monday in the opener of the homestand, are 11-12 as the host this season. They are 6-4 in their last 10 at the Delta Center.
Sacramento will also try to win back-to-back games. Kevin Martin tied a career-high with 25 points to lead the Kings to a 98-91 victory over the Nuggets on Monday at ARCO Arena.
Kenny Thomas ended with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ron Artest had 19 points in his first home appearance for the Kings, who stopped a two-game slide. Mike Bibby contributed 15 points and four assists in the win over Denver.
On the injury front, two-time All-Star Brad Miller is expected to miss tonight's contest with a thumb injury. Miller, who is averaging 15.0 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds, did not play against the Nuggets.
The Kings are 6-15 as the visitor this season. They have dropped two straight and six of their last seven on the road.
This is the second meeting of the season between the squads. On November 15th, Bibby scored a game-high 25 points, as the Kings crushed the Jazz, 119-83, at ARCO Arena .
Sacramento has won three of the last four contests in this series. Utah snapped a nine-game series home losing streak on April 18, 2005.
02/03 10:32:07 ET