• A 10-point Kings lead in the first quarter didn’t hold up for long as the Jazz took control in the second period and all but coasted through the second half against Sacramento, en route to a 120-105 win.

    It was an underwhelming performance for the Kings who would have been hoping for a win prior to their six-game road trip. To rub salt in the wound it was their sixth straight loss and the fact that they’re heading out on the road means it’ll be that much tougher to get a win.

    The Kings shot themselves in the foot in the first half with 10 turnovers and were sent reeling into the locker room at the break down by 10. They showed some fight at times throughout the half but never really looked too threatening. Getting stops consistently was a big issue for the Kings, as well as taking care of the ball.

    Sacramento shot just 42 percent from the field in the first 24 minutes while allowing Utah to make 50 percent of their attempts. However, the Kings outshot the Jazz from the 3-point line, making 6-of-11 while their opponent made just 5-of-17.

    Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings in scoring at the break with nine points, while Willie Cauley-Stein added eight of his own points with four boards at halftime.

    The Kings needed to dig themselves out of a hole to start the second half but fell even deeper. The Jazz stretched their lead to 15 at the 10:47 mark of the period. From there, the Kings would all but pack it in. The defense the rest of the way almost disappeared for Sacramento as they gave up 68 points to Utah in the second half.

    The Jazz caught absolute fire in the third quarter hitting 6-of-10 3-pointers. The Jazz also shot 64 percent from the field in the third period and headed into the final quarter up 15.

    Donovan Mitchell torched the Kings for a game-high 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting and led the way for the Jazz’s dominating victory. Everything was going right for Mitchell — and the Jazz — and that was proven when he connected on a bank 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

    Bogdanovic finished the game with a pair of career-highs. He had 25 points and made all six of his 3-point attempts. He played with poise and looked in control all night long. Bogdanovic has been heating up as of late and another strong shooting night can only help him continue to come into his own.

    While the rest of the Kings weren’t able to keep up with Utah’s scoring, Bogdanovic more than held his own. He’s been a standout in Sacramento lately despite the team struggling to win. Bogdanovic being the best player on the floor each night is no fluke and it’ll likely continue moving forward.

    Cauley-Stein also continued his dominant play on the night and finished with a season-high 26 points and 10 boards. He took advantage of the flat-footed Derrick Favors who couldn’t successfully deal with Willie’s athleticism. He’s proven many times this season that he can exploit frontcourt players like Favors who are slow lateral movers.

    NOTES

    • After going just 5-of-17 from the 3-point line in the first half, the Jazz went 7-of-12 in the second half.
    • The Kings weren’t able to slow down the Jazz from the perimeter or inside the key where Utah scored 50 of their 120 points.
    • Utah scored 27 points off of 19 Sacramento turnovers. The Kings assist-to-turnover ratio was abysmal as they had 19 turnovers to match their assists.
    • Both teams finished the game shooting better than 50 percent (SAC 52.8 percent, UTAH 56.8 percent).
    • Sacramento’s bench, which has been slowing down as of late, was outscored 42-to-16 on the night. Buddy Hield had nine for the Kings off the bench on 4-of-7 field goals.
    • Bogdanovic had an impressive fourth quarter which helped encapsulate his career night. He had 10 points and two made 3-pointers in the final period.
    • The Kings were outscored in every period except the fourth (tied the Jazz 32 a piece).

Fantasy News

  • Mikal Bridges
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Mikal Bridges led all Suns reserves in minutes (36) on Thursday and put up 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting, to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    He's simply outplaying Dario Saric (five points, five rebounds, one trey, one steal, 16 minutes) right now and the extra run on the floor is paying off dividends for managers who held onto Bridges during those lean games. Pick him up if he's been dropped in your league.

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker was relatively quiet on Thursday, recording 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, seven assists, two treys and six turnovers in 37 minutes.

    The turnovers were a stinger for his owners in 9-cat leagues and you can credit the Pelicans' feisty defense for more than a few of those. Count it as an off-night for Booker and move on. He should bounce-back to his top-30 form in no time.

  • Tyler Johnson
    PG-SG, Phoenix Suns

    Tyler Johnson started for Ricky Rubio (back) on Thursday and chipped in across the board with six points, five rebounds, four dimes, one trey, two steals and two blocks.

    It was a DFS gem coming from the low-end veteran guard. He is worth streaming while Rubio remains out, but that's the ceiling of his upside in fantasy at this stage of his career.

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre Jr. produced a team-high 25 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 9-of-9 shooting from the line with six boards, two 3s and four assists in Thursday's loss to the Pelicans.

    Oubre is holding steady as a top-70 play in 9-cat so far this season. His ceiling is somewhere within top-50 value, but as a hot commodity, may cost you an arm and a foot for his services.

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday was one assist shy of a double-double on Thursday as he tallied 23 points (10-of-19 shooting), four rebounds, nine assists, one 3-pointer, three steals and one block.

    His ability to stuff the stat sheet is at the core of Holiday's fantasy appeal. It appears he's turned the corner from a slow start. Both he and Brandon Ingram are playing well right now, but Zion Williamson could throw a wrench into the vibe once he's back on the court. Now would be an ideal time to sell-high on Holiday if you want to exit your position.

  • E'Twaun Moore
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    E'Twaun Moore chipped in 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, three 3s and two assists in 26 minutes in Thursday's win over the Suns.

    Moore has been on the radar in 14-team leagues or deeper for his scoring and 3-point shooting as of late. He will fade as the Pelicans get healthier, but feel free to ride out his run while it lasts.

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    J.J. Redick caught fire in Thursday's win over the Suns, knocking down 5-of-8 shots from deep en route to his 26 points (10-of-14 shooting) with five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Redick definitely has some gas left in his tank, scoring 20 points or more in four of his last five games. He's been a top-120 play in 9-cat over the season, so consider selling high now.

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Ingram shook off a slow start in Thursday's 124-121 win over the Suns to finish with 28 points (9-of-19 shooting), eight rebounds, five assists, three 3s, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Ingram is back to his early-season form and delivering across the board in impressive fashion. He appears on track to sustain his production, as is, but a returning Zion Williamson could muddle things for sure.

  • Lonzo Ball
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Lonzo Ball (right adductor strain) played 19 minutes off the bench in his return to action on Thursday, posting eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with two 3s, one rebound and five assists.

    Considering it was Ball's first game back in over two weeks, it was not a bad showing. He should eventually return to the starting lineup and see his minutes restriction eased and then later lifted as he gets his legs back. For now, you can bench him until he's back at full strength. Good news is the wait might not be too long.

  • Skal Labissiere
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Skal Labissiere had a huge night on Thursday with a season-high 22 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and five blocks as the Blazers lost 137-129 against the Bucks.

    Labissiere was huge partially due to Hassan Whiteside's absence, but we have to give him a lot of credit. Not only was it a season high in points for Skal, but also in rebounds and blocks. Additionally, he hit his first two 3-pointers of the season. It was an all-around gem from him and he should really be on radars going forward because of the lack of depth up front for the Blazers even when Whiteside is healthy.