The Utah Jazz look to notch their 10th win at EnergySolutions Arena against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. The Kings are currently in freefall mode, with a 1-10 record in their last 11 games after falling to the Dallas Mavericks 101-78 on Thursday night.
Dallas led by 23 after three quarters and the cushion never got less than 20 points in the fourth. After a promising 9-5 start to the season, Sacramento has dropped 26 of 34 games and seems to be getting in their own way, with the early, surprise firing of Mike Malone.
The Jazz have been struggling at home (9-15) and on the road (8-17) and have been tinkering with lineups in recent weeks. Trey Burke has been coming off the bench for the past seven games as first-round pick Dante Exum has been inserted into the starting lineup. Burke has responded well, averaging 17 points per game in his last six, but Exum has averaged 4.9 points on 30 percent shooting while starting in Burke’s place at point guard.
The Jazz are enjoying the progress from their frontcourt tandem of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. They are both enjoying their best seasons as pros, as Favors is averaging 15.7 points per game with 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, while Kanter is posting up 14.1 points per game with 7.6 rebounds.
The two will have their hands full with DeMarcus Cousins, who was named a 2015 Western Conference All-Star, averaging 23.7 points per game with 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
There are fewer than 900 tickets for the Kings vs. the Jazz on Saturday night, with an average ticket price of $47 and a walk-in price of $9 according to TiqIQ.com. Hipmunk.com lists hotels in Salt Lake City, UT from $69. For fans looking to spend the weekend and hit the slopes in Utah, Hipmunk also provides many travel options, including flights to Salt Lake City from $108.