Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings / NBA – Nuggets have already defeated the Kings twice this season, once in their hall and once in Sacramento, but the Kings now want to exploit a somewhat weaker form of their host and achieve a significant victory in the fight for the eighth place of the West.
Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings begins 14.02.2019 at 03:00 CET
Denver has shown tremendous efficiency in both this season's triumphs over the Kings (although their defence was not at its best) and in these two games they celebrated with 126:112 and 117:113. They are also the favourites now, regardless of the fact that they had a series of three defeats two nights ago (which ended with a victory over Miami). They are a team with the best score in their hall, since they won 24 out of 28 matches at home this season.
In a recent series of three defeats, they have allowed their opponents as many as 127 points per match, and one of the reasons for this defeat is a very bad three-point shot, which is one of their strongest weapons. The recovered Millsap was back in the team, while the return of guard Harris is expected after the All-Star weekend and for the first time this season, we will have a chance to watch their summer reinforcement Thomas on the court. Coach Malone will thus have an incredible width at guard positions and will need a “magic stick” to give everyone adequate time on the court.
Probable lineups Denver Nuggets: Murray, Beasley, Barton, Plumlee, Jokic
As things stand now, the Kings will in the continuation of the regular part of the season, continue their fierce fight with teams from Los Angeles for a place in the playoffs, since Clippers are currently on the ninth, and Lakers at the tenth position in the West. Sacramento is with a score 30-26 currently in front of those two teams and what can further influence their confidence is the good form since they won six of the last eight matches.
Also, the leaders of the club have brought a very good wing Barnes from Dallas, and gave veteran Randolph and young Jackson instead. Barnes has immediately entered in the top five and will be a significant boost in the position of three. Hield and Fox are still the leaders of the young team, and they have great help from Bogdanovic, Cauley-Stein and Bjelica, while the rookie Bagley III is in a fantastic form lately (he has scored 32 points against the Suns).
Probable lineups Sacramento Kings: Fox, Hield, Barnes, Bjelica, Cauley-Stein
Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings PICK
Kings want to break the longest series of one NBA club without play-off participation, since the last time they participated in the playoffs was in the season 2005/06. Each match is therefore very important, and Denver is a team with whom they can outplay in attack. They can hardly win if they only rely on their defence, so the attack will be crucial to them as well as for the host.
Pick: over 229.5 points
Odds: 1.93 at 10bet (down to 1.83 can be played)
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