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Preview: Jazz at Kings

Published December 11, 2013 4:12 pm

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Sacramento, Calif. • Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams are both on track to play tonight against the Kings, Jazz coach Ty Corbin says.Favors (sore lower back) and Williams (sore right heel) both missed last Saturday's home loss to the Kings.After his team's overtime victory, Kings head coach Mike Malone was asked if he hoped for a similar performance from his team when the two teams met next.He laughed."No," said Malone, whose Kings will host the 4-19 Jazz tonight at Sleep Train Arena. "I don't want an overtime game. I don't want the same thing. … Tyrone [Corbin] is a good friend of mine, and I hope he gets his team going. I think he does a terrific job. But when we see them next, I'm sure they'll have a healthy Derrick Favors and they'll be a different team. Maybe Marvin Williams plays next time, so now they become a much different team than we played tonight."We'll see.The Kings, meanwhile, may be without the services of newly acquired Rudy Gay.Gay was acquired in a trade with the Raptors this week, but according to the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones, not all of the former Kings involved in the deal have arrived in Canada yet. Guard Greivis Vasquez is expected to land in Toronto this afternoon but it remains to be seen whether he will undergo a physical in time for Gay to play.Tipoff • 8 p.m. MT.TV • ROOT SportsRadio • 97.5 FM, 960 AM, 1280 AMUtah's probable starters:PG — Trey Burke, 12.9 ppg, 4.2 apgSG — Gordon Hayward, 16.7 ppg, 5.1 rpgSF — Richard Jefferson, 9.7 ppg, 3 rpgPF — Jeremy Evans, 8.2 ppg, 5.7 rpgC — Enes Kanter, 12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpgSacramento's probable starters:PG — Isaiah Thomas, 18.2 ppg, 5.3 apgSG — Ben McLemore, 9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpgSF — Derrick Williams, 8.7 ppt, 2.9 rpgPF — Jason Thompson, 12.8 ppg, 5.2 rpgC — DeMarcus Cousins, 22.6 ppg, 10.4 rpgOn the Jazz: On a four-game losing streak, a stretch that coincides with Williams' absence due to injury. … Will play seven of their next eight games on the road. … Guard Alec Burks has scored in double digits for seven straight games.On the Kings: With Vasquez gone, point guard Isaiah Thomas is getting his first real shot at starting for Sacramento. … DeMarcus Cousins had his way against the Jazz last time out, as he matched up mostly against Enes Kanter in the post. … Former BYU start Jimmer Fredette played 10 minutes against the Mavericks — 10 more than he logged in the Kings trip to Utah.The spread: Kings favored by 7 points, according to Bovada.lv.HOT: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.NOT: Andris Biedrins' free throw troubles are well known. Against the Kings, Malone, his former coach, exploited them, calling for intentional fouls on Biedrins to close out the first half. The Jazz center hit just one of his six attempts from the line.— Aaron Falk