Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets - 10/30/13
Denver Nuggets (57-25) at Sacramento Kings (28-54)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -2.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets travels to Sacramento to face the new look Kings to open the new season from Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Sacramento while the Road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
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After years of mediocrity, it appears as if the Sacramento Kings are finally on track to turn things around. No doubt the biggest news coming out of Sacramento during the summer was their rumored move to Seattle, but former Phoenix Suns guard and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, worked tirelessly to ensure the Kings would indeed, stay in Sacramento. Once that was in place, the changes started to occur as the Kings replaced their general manager, head coach and multiple starters too. While they project to win around 25-30 games again this season, it will be in 2-3 years’ time that all the changes made in the offseason finally start paying off.
While I just touched on all the great things that happened in the Kings front office this offseason, the same can’t be said for the Denver Nuggets. Within a summer, the Nuggets lost their GM in Masai Ujiri (who just won executive of the year) and head coach George Karl (who just won coach of the year,) while also losing their best player in Andre Iguodala to free agency. Denver did add some nice pieces in Randy Foye, Nate Robinson, Darrell Arthur and J.J Hickson, but all of them are role players and fringe starters. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Nuggets respond with all the change this season.
I think the Nuggets will struggle to make the playoff this season. They just lost too many important parts and we don’t even know when Danilo Gallinari is expected back from injury. Sure, Denver will be one of the best home teams again this season, but I see teams like Portland, Minnesota (if they can stay healthy) and even possibly Dallas finishing ahead of them.
The injuries seem to be piling up for the Nuggets as Ty Lawson, Randy Foye and Wilson Chandler are all expected to be out for tonight’s game, which has seen the line swing a whole 6.5 points already from the original opening line of Denver -4. Sacramento is always tough to play at home and I like the way they played in the preseason, winning five of their last six games. Too many outs for Denver here so I’m going to take the Kings and hope they can start their season off with a win and cover..