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Jazz ready to launch season at Kings

According to STATS
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Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings

  1. Utah swept Sacramento in three games last season, and have beaten the Kings in each of their last five trips to Sacramento, dating back to March 2016. That is the Jazz' longest active road winning streak vs. any opponent. The Kings have longer losing streaks at home only against the Clippers (11) and Spurs (7).
  2. The Jazz held their opponents to 99.8 PPG last season, tied with the Spurs for the lowest mark in the NBA. In each of the last four seasons, the Jazz have ranked first or second in opponent PPG.
  3. The Kings shot 50.0 percent (36-for-72) from three-point range against the Jazz last season -- that was the best mark by any team against any opponent in the NBA (min. three games). Sacramento ranked third in the NBA in three-point percentage (37.5 percent) last season, trailing the Warriors and Celtics.
  4. Rudy Gobert has averaged 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over his career. Since he came into the league (in 2013-14), he, Anthony Davis, and Hassan Whiteside are the only players averaging 10.0+ points, 10.0+ rebounds, and 2.0+ blocks. Gobert scored 19.0 PPG against the Kings last season, tying his highest mark against any Western Conference opponent (vs. Pelicans).
  5. Donovan Mitchell totaled 1616 points and 118 steals last season. Before Mitchell, the last two rookies to reach 1500+ points and 100+ steals in their rookie seasons were LeBron James in 2003-04 and Allen Iverson in 1996-97.
  6. Willie Cauley-Stein had back-to-back 20-point games to end last regular season, the first time in his career reaching the 20-point mark in consecutive games. In his first game against Utah last season, Cauley-Stein made a season-high 11 field goals and tied his season-high with 26 points.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A season of high hopes tips off at a site of far lesser expectations when the Utah Jazz visit the Sacramento Kings to open the NBA season on Wednesday night.

Utah made only cosmetic changes to a team that was the hottest in the NBA in the second half of last season, winning 29 of its final 35 regular-season games before eliminating Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs.

A team built on consistency and continuity under Quin Snyder once again will count upon a mix of second-year offensive standout Donovan Mitchell and perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert.

The difference this season, veteran Joe Inglis noted, is that the 19-28 club that snuck up on people late last season will not be welcomed guests this time around.

"We were going into places, and teams were probably either not worried about us or weren't too concerned," he observed. "We know we're gonna be scouted. We know Donovan's gonna be scouted better. If we're prepared, I think we'll be fine."

Mitchell was a one-man wrecking crew against the Kings last season, scoring 28, 27 and 34 points in a 3-0 season-series sweep. Despite the fact that he missed 16 of his 23 3-point attempts, he still managed to shoot 32-for-55 (58.2 percent).

The Jazz lost to Houston in the Western semifinals last season after finishing tied for second in the highly competitive Northwest Division, in which only three games separated first from fifth place.

The opener will serve as a Duke reunion for two of the Blue Devils' top players last season -- swingman Grayson Allen and center Marvin Bagley III.

Allen was the Jazz's third-leading scorer in the preseason with 65 points in five games. He shot well both from beyond the 3-point arc (13-for-25, 52.0 percent) and overall (51.1 percent).

Meanwhile, Bagley, the No. 2 overall pick of the draft, led the Kings in rebounding in the preseason with 41 in six games. He ranked third in the league in offensive rebounds with 18, trailing only established NBA rebounding standouts Andre Drummond (26) and Steven Adams (21).

"In college, I was on the boards all the time," Bagley recalled recently of his one and only season at Duke, when he averaged 11.1 rebounds per game. "Now I'm getting comfortable searching for the ball and picking my spots. Same cycle, same process I had to go through when I got to school at Duke -- just figuring out on the court where I should get to for offensive or defensive rebounds. I'm starting to get it."

Bagley joins a Kings team picked by many once again to finish among the league's biggest losers. They haven't made the playoffs since 2006, losing 50 or more games five of the last six seasons, including 55 last year.

Sacramento again will have one of the youngest teams in the NBA, with recent former college standouts Buddy Hield, De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason III among the regulars surrounding Bagley.

Updated October 16, 2018

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