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Kings vs. Jazz watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

SACRAMENTO — The Kings return home to face the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, 24 hours after dropping a one-point game to the Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Buddy Hield missed a late jumper, and Marvin Bagley’s tip-in got wedged between the rim and the backboard as the Kings fell to the defending back-to-back NBA champions 117-116.

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Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson raved about the young Kings following the game. Hield led the way with 28 points, and Bagley had a career night in the loss.

The Jazz are coming off a loss to the Lakers on Friday night, and they travel to Sacramento short-handed. Budding star Donovan Mitchell will miss the game with a rib issue, leaving Utah without its top scorer.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 4:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 5.

Line

Jazz by 3.5

Projected Starting Lineup

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Justin Jackson
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Jazz
PG Ricky Rubio 
SG Joe Ingles
SF Royce O’Neale
PF Derrick Favors
C Rudy Gobert

Injury Report

Kings 
SF Iman Shumpert (load management), C Kosta Koufos (right calf strain) OUT.

Jazz
SG Donovan Mitchell (ribs) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings
With the back-to-back looming, coach Dave Joerger went 11 players deep in Sacramento’s loss at Golden State. He’ll have to make an adjustment Sunday with veteran Iman Shumpert sitting. Justin Jackson has been the default player at the position early in the season, but Bogdan Bogdanovic is another option now that he is cleared for full-time duty.

Rookies Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles both put up solid numbers against the Warriors. Bagley posted a 20-point, 17-rebound performance, and Giles added 10 points and four assists in 11 minutes of action.

Jazz
Coach Quinn Snyder has to make a major adjustment to his lineup with Mitchell out. The Jazz have a few options, including Royce O’Neale, Jae Crowder, Thabo Sefalosha and Alec Burks, but finding someone who can match the 35 that Mitchell scored on Sacramento earlier this week likely is out of the question.

Mitchell went down early in the loss to the Lakers, and the Jazz managed to score just 83 points.

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Favors, Jerebko Lead the Way in Jazz’s Rout of Nuggets

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Kings vs. Jazz watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

The battles keep coming for the Sacramento Kings. After surviving the drama of the weekend and taking down a red-hot OKC Thunder team on Monday evening, the Kings head back out on the road. They’ll face off with the Utah Jazz in a pre-Thanksgiving game at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Head coach Dave Joerger received a huge ovation in pregame against the Thunder and then sent his young group out to run the Thunder off the court. Buddy Hield led the way with 25 points and veteran Iman Shumpert scored all 23 of his points in the first half to help the Kings come away with the 117-113 victory.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 5:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 6:00 pm.

The Kings head home following the game, but they’ll travel to Oakland to play the Warriors on Saturday and then back to Sacramento for a back-to-back against this same Jazz team. 

Line: Jazz by 9

Projected Starting Lineup

Kings

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Jazz

PG Ricky Rubio 
SG Donovan Mitchell
SF Joe Ingles
PF Derrick Favors
C Rudy Gobert

Injury Report

Kings 

C Kosta Koufos (right calf strain) OUT.

Jazz

No Injuries to Report.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Joerger’s young crew continues to push the tempo and dictate the flow of the game. Against OKC, De’Aaron Fox had a rough shooting night, finishing with just six points on 1-of-10 shooting, but he added 13 assists and a nailed a pair of free throws to ice the game.

Marvin Bagley posted his first career double-double in 25 minutes of action. He was active and earned major fourth quarter minutes for one of the first times this season. 

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December Dates with OKC Will Be Valuable Down the Stretch

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Kings vs. Thunder watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

SACRAMENTO — There’s never a dull moment in Sacramento. After spending the weekend doing damage control, the Kings get back to work playing the game of basketball Monday evening at Golden 1 Center. 

They face a red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder team that has rattled off three straight victories and won 10 of their last 11.

Sacramento is 2-5 over their previous seven games, including back-to-back losses on the road to the Grizzlies and Rockets on Friday and Saturday. 

Pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Kings head back out on the road Wednesday to face the Utah Jazz for a pre-Thanksgiving battle. They’ll travel to Oakland to play the Warriors on Saturday before returning home to face the Jazz on Sunday. 

Line

Thunder by 2.5

Projected Starting Lineup

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Thunder
PG Dennis Schroder 
SG Terrance Ferguson
SF Paul George
PF Jerami Grant
C Steven Adams

Injury Report

Kings
C Kosta Koufos (right calf strain) OUT.

Thunder
PG Russell Westbrook (personal) QUESTIONABLE, SG Andre Roberson (knee) OUT.

Rotation Outlook

Kings
After dealing with a barrage of questions over the weekend regarding his future with the team, coach Dave Joerger is back on the sidelines trying to get his club back in the win column. Joerger has yet to make a change in his starting lineup, choosing to go with the same group for the last 11 games. That could change with Bogdan Bogdanovic’s health getting closer to 100 percent. 

Thunder
Billy Donovan has his club rolling, despite the absence of Russell Westbrook. The star point guard has missed six straight games with an ankle issue, and he announced via Instagram the birth of twins on Sunday morning. He was not in Sacramento Monday morning for shootaround. Dennis Schroder has filled in nicely for Westbrook and will start unless the former MVP flies into Sacramento at the last minute.

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Warriors vs. Jazz projected lineups, injury report, player usage

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SALT LAKE CITY — In the four seasons since Steve Kerr was hired as coach, only one team has beaten the Warriors three times in a season. It happened in 2017-18, when the Utah Jazz pulled off the feat.

So the Warriors, who are without sixth man Andre Igoudala, know the danger that lurks Friday night when they set foot into Vivint Smart Home Arena to face the Jazz.

Tipoff for the ESPN telecast is scheduled 7:35 PDT.

The Warriors were 1-3 against Utah last season, losing the final three games by an average of 29.7 points, including a 119-79 rout in the regular-season finale, a game insignificant to the Warriors but of full consequence to the Jazz.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors:

G – Stephen Curry G – Klay Thompson F – Kevin Durant F – Draymond Green C – Damian Jones

Jazz:

G – Ricky Rubio G – Donovan Mitchell F – Joe Ingles F – Derrick Favors C – Rudy Gobert

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala L calf tightness) and C DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles rehab) are listed as out.

Jazz: G Raul Neto (R hamstring strain) F Thabo Sefolosha (NBA suspension) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: With Iguodala out, the Warriors are deprived of their usual rotation, with him being the first player off the bench. Coach Steve Kerr has said he’s willing to play all healthy players, so expect more minutes from wings Alfonzo McKinnie and/or rookie Jacob Evans III. Kerr will start Jones at center but likely tinker with small lineups, hoping to push Jazz center Rudy Gobert into disadvantages, if not off the floor entirely.

Jazz: Coach Quin Snyder employed a nine-man rotation in the season opener at Sacramento, with Jae Crowder, Dante Exum, Alec Burks and Royce O’Neale coming off the bench. Crowder will get wing minutes, Exum and Burks are combo guards and O’Neale is an undersize (6-foo-6) power forward.

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Kings vs. Pelicans projected lineups, injury report, player usage

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After a tightly contested loss to the Utah Jazz in the opener, the Sacramento Kings venture out on their first road trip of the season beginning Friday in New Orleans. They’ll face a re-loaded Pelicans team anchored by superstar big man, Anthony Davis.

Pregame Live starts on NBC Sports Bay California at 4:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 5:00 pm .

The Kings pushed the tempo in their home opener, dropping 117 points on a Jazz team that ranked second in the league last season in both points allowed and defensive rating. Willie Cauley-Stein led the way with 23 points and De’Aaron Fox chipped in 21 points and seven assists in the loss.

New Orleans is coming off a big 131-112 win over the Houston Rockets in their season debut. They received huge performances by newcomers Elfrid Payton (triple-double) and Julius Randle (25 points, eight rebounds off the bench) and the combo of Davis and Nikola Mirotic combined for 62 points, 26 rebounds and 11 assists. 

Following the game, the Kings travel to OKC where they’ll battle the Thunder on Sunday afternoon. They’ll make a stop in Denver to face the Nuggets on Tuesday before returning home to Golden 1 Center for a clash with the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. 

Line: Pelicans by 10.5

Projected Starting Lineup

Kings

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Yogi Ferrell
SF Buddy Hield
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Pelicans

PG Elfrid Payton
SG Jrue Holiday
SF E’Twaun Moore 
PF Nikola Mirotic
C Anthony Davis

Injury Report

Kings 

SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (left knee) OUT, C Kosta Koufos (hamstring) OUT. 

Jazz 

PF Julius Randle (foot) PROBABLE.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Coach Dave Joerger turned to 10 players in the opener, but only seven played substantial minutes. His new-look starting lineup played well, with all five players finishing in double-figures and running positives in the plus/minus category.

Justin Jackson played 30 minutes off the bench, seeing time at both forward positions and Iman Shumpert logged 17 minutes after sitting out most of last season. Rookies Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles combined for just 21 minutes in the opener, but with New Orleans’ size, there is a chance they get more of an opportunity in Game 2.

Cauley-Stein (38 minutes) and Fox (37 minutes) led Sacramento in floor time during the opener and should be a solid bet to see substantial minutes moving forward. 

Pelicans

Alvin Gentry used an eight-man rotation in the opener with all five starters seeing 29 minutes or more. He has a veteran squad that compliments Davis well. Gentry uses a three-guard set to start games, using Payton, Holiday and Moore to run the offense. Randle is a physical player that has given Sacramento fits in the past.

The Kings held Davis to 19.3 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes per game last season. 

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Kings vs. Jazz projected lineups, injury report, player usage

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SACRAMENTO — Welcome to the start of the 2018-19 Kings season.

After a long summer off and a short training camp and preseason, the Kings start the season Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center against the Utah Jazz.

The pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California is a full hour long for opening night and begins at 6 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7. You can watch both on TV or by downloading the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

The Jazz embarrassed the Kings on their home floor less than a week ago, thumping Sacramento by a final of 132-93 during the preseason. Kings coach Dave Joerger and his young group need to have a short memory and put in a better effort against a sure-fire playoff team in their season opener. 

Following the game, the Kings hit the road for a three game trip beginning Friday night in New Orleans. They’ll make stops in OKC and Denver before returning home to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. 

Line

Jazz by 8.5

Projected Starting Lineups

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Justin Jackson
PF Marvin Bagley III
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Jazz
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Donovan Mitchell
SF Joe Ingles
PF Derrick Favors
C Rudy Gobert

Injury Report

Kings
SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (left knee) OUT, C Kosta Koufos (hamstring) OUT. 

Jazz 
PG Raul Neto (hamstring) OUT, SG/SF Thabo Sefolosha (league suspension) OUT.

Rotation Outlook

Kings
According to Joerger, the Kings plan on going with a 10-man rotation to open the season. His starting lineup is in flux, but expect the same group to get a four- or five-game look to open the season. Rookies Harry Giles III and Marvin Bagley III are expected to play 20-plus minutes per game, and that could expand quickly if they develop.

Iman Shumpert played in the Kings’ loss to Utah last week, and he has made it through a week of practice without a setback. He could be a late add to the rotation and play minutes at the small forward position. Veterans Zach Randolph and Ben McLemore likely will be out of the rotation to start the season, and Kosta Koufos is sitting with a hamstring strain. 

Jazz
The Jazz have a set starting five highlighted by young star Donovan Mitchell and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. They’ll play a 10- to 11-man rotation. Dante Exum, Alec Burks, Jae Crowder, Royce O’Neale are the core second unit, with Grayson Allen and Georges Niang potentially seeing time as well.

Thabo Sefolosha is out because of a five-game league suspension for violating the substance abuse policy.

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