Sacramento Kings (1-1) at Denver Nuggets (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -11 -- Over/Under: 216 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.
The Sacramento Kings look for another road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 96.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 96.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting. George Hill is averaging 18.5 points and four rebounds while Buddy Hield is averaging 16 points and 3.5 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Randolph is grabbing six rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.5 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have split their last six road games.
The Denver Nuggets look for their first win of the season after losing to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 96 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 50.6 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 23 points and two assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 19 points and six rebounds. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Wilson Chandler is grabbing two rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 48.1 percent from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last eight home games.
The Kings are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Kings are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver, 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
I thought the Sacramento Kings were going to be the same old Sacramento Kings, and while there's still time for that to be the case, we have to give credit. The Kings went toe-to-toe with the Rockets in their season opener and are fresh off a road win over the Dallas Mavericks. That's a decent start for a team that has little direction and washed up vets along with unproven young players. The Denver Nuggets are easily the better team here, but the Kings can hang around based on what we've seen in their first two games.