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Beyond his numbers, Fredette created the kind of electricity in EnergySolutions Arena that was typical of the Marriott Center during his collegiate career at BYU.

"It was a great atmosphere," said Jazz veteran Earl Watson. "It was like college. I thought I had on a Utah Utes jersey. It was like Utes versus BYU."

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Kings at Jazz

At EnergySolutions Arena

Tipoff » 7 p.m.


Radio » 1280 AM, 1600 AM and 97.5 FM

Records » Jazz 6-6; Kings 3-8

Season series » First game

Last meeting » Kings, 104-103 (March 30, 2012)

About the Jazz » The Jazz are 2-0 with a starting lineup including Randy Foye and Derrick Favors, but are minus-22.9 points with that lineup on the floor. ... Barring a setback, veteran point guard Earl Watson is expected to return to the Jazz lineup after April knee surgery. ... Paul Millsap has had two of his three worst scoring performances since Favors was inserted in the starting lineup.

About the Kings » DeMarcus Cousins leads Sacramento with 16.6 points and 10 rebounds per game. ... Former Naismith Award winner Jimmer Fredette, who played at BYU, averages 9.1 minutes per game and 6.1 points. ... The Kings broke a five-game losing streak on Wednesday with 113-97 win over the Lakers.

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Also a rookie at the time, Alec Burks said: "I’ve never seen anything like that. That’s crazy the way he gets that recognition. I thought Jay-Z or someone had walked up, but it was just Jimmer."

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is pulling for Fredette — just not Friday night.

"He can make shots, we know that," Corbin said. "... [But] he’s on a team that’s loaded at his position.

"He’s a good fella. I really enjoyed the visit we had for the pre-draft, I enjoy who he is and we wish him well. He’s trying to find his way in this league."

The Tribune’s Bill Oram contributed to this story.

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