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(25-31) Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings (24-33)
Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Sacramento +5.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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The NBA returns to action following the All-Star break with six contests Thursday night. Although the matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings isn’t the most compelling, both squads have made season-altering trades recently that define their current direction.
The Nuggets, still chasing the eighth seed out West, have made it clear they do not care about the lottery. They swapped out disgruntled Jusuf Kurkic and a 2017 first-round draft pick for Mason Plumlee.
The Kings, on the other hand, have no intention of chasing the conference’s final spot. They traded arguably the league’s best big man in DeMarcus Cousins for a bag of chips (Buddy Hield), a ham sandwich (Tyreke Evans) and a ball rack (Langston Galloway) in order to start fresh and plan for the future.
These two teams are headed in different directions as far as this season is concerned, but the question is: Will that show Thursday night with fresh legs across both rosters?
*All statistics, standings, rankings and trends are current as of this writing on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The Nuggets enter this contest averaging 110.6 points per game. That number is good enough for fourth in the NBA.
Defensively, this squad struggles. It gives up 111.8 points per night, which is only good enough for 28th in the league.
Against the Kings, coming up with a defensive strategy is going to be difficult. We have (basically) no idea what this team looks like without Cousins demanding the ball in the middle.
The blueprint will be to make sure each defender is locked onto his man, and then you can adjust based on which Sacramento player is getting hot.
But more realistically, this squad will try to simply run the Kings out of the gym.
Look for the Nuggets to push the pace even more than usual against a team that is officially in a rebuild — and its first game of that rebuild nonetheless.
We could sit here and tell you that the Kings enter this contest scoring 103 points per game, which is good enough for 22nd in the league.
We could also casually mention that the defense ranks a bit better at 17th, as the team allows opponents to score 105.7 points per night.
But in reality, those numbers mean nothing coming into this contest considering they were established with a top-12 player in the league commanding the offensive and style of play.
This game will be a bit of an experiment for the Kings, which could be a beautiful disaster — or just beautiful.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
- Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Nuggets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Prediction:
Call us crazy, but we just can’t bet against the Kings in this one — both straight up and against the spread.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Sacramento -5.5
The Nuggets are clearly the better team and will finish with a better record when the year comes to a close. But Sacramento showed it can win without Boogie last week when it took down the Boston Celtics while the big man was suspended.
The team was more free-flowing than we’d seen all season when it didn’t have to force the ball into the middle to avoid upsetting a star player.
Denver will be better than the Kings the rest of this season, but Sacramento should have a renewed energy. Combine that with the home crowd recognizing this team needs a jolt of energy, and we’re giving the Kings the victory — even if there won’t be many more of those throughout the 2016-17 campaign.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Sacramento Kings 111 – Denver Nuggets 110
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