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Saturday, March 25th (All times eastern)

Sacramento Kings (34-34) at Utah Jazz (32-36), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz will resume a four-game homestand tonight when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to the Delta Center.

The Jazz, who are 1-1 on the homestand so far, are still in hot pursuit of the Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

After beating Phoenix to open the four-gamer, Utah dropped a 109-97 decision to Washington on Thursday. On the night legendary Jazz forward Karl Malone had his No. 32 retired, Utah couldn't produce a win.

Carlos Boozer notched 30 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who have dropped two of three and five of seven. Andrei Kirilenko posted 21 points and eight rebounds. Deron Williams scored 14 points and dished nine assists, and Matt Harpring added 12 points and 11 boards.

Utah, which is 4-2 in its last six home games, will host the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Monday. The Jazz are an even 17-17 at the Delta Center this season.

Meanwhile, the Kings are in the eighth spot in the Western Conference, but losing three of their last four games didn't help.

After ripping off five straight wins, Sacramento has dropped off a bit and will try to rebound from Wednesday's 87-80 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ron Artest paced Sacramento with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Bonzi Wells came off the bench to score 15 points and grab nine boards.

The Lakers led by as many as 20 points in the contest and never trailed at the Staples Center.

Sacramento has lost three in a row on the road and is 11-23 away from ARCO Arena this season.

The Kings lead the season series with Utah by a 2-1 count and has won four of the last six meetings. Sacramento, though, has lost two straight at Utah.

03/25 10:41:03 ET


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