Denver Nuggets (21-11) vs. Sacramento Kings (17-14)
December 28, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Sacramento Kings +3.5; Over/Under: +237.5
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The Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings duke it out once again at the Golden 1 Center on Wednesday night.
The Denver Nuggets have been on fire as they’ve won eight of their last nine games overall and they will be gunning for a sixth straight victory after outlasting the Kings in a 113-106 road win last night. Michael Porter Jr. led the team with 30 points on 12 of 20 shooting, Jamal Murray added 25 points with seven assists while Nikola Jokic tallied 20 points with nine rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 47 percent from the field and 13 of 37 from the 3-point line as they got off to a poor start and managed just 20 points in the first quarter to fall behind by as many as 20 points, but they didn’t give up and exploded for 66 points in the second half to pull off the impressive comeback.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings have been in a real funk as they’ve lost five of their past eight games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling short to the Nuggets last night. De’Aaron Fox led the team with 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting, Kevin Huerter added 21 points while Harrison Barnes chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds. As a team, the Kings shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 35 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half and looked like they had it in the bag when they led by 20 points, but they never put the Nuggets away and it cost them in the second half where they just couldn’t get enough stops.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Kings are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Sacramento and the Nuggets are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
The Nuggets will again be missing a few players as Aaron Gordon, Bruce Brown and Jeff Green are all listed as out, while the Kings are keeping an eye on Domantas Sabonis who sat out last night’s game. It’s always tough to beat the same team twice in a row in their own building, but the Kings aren’t nearly as dangerous without Sabonis in the lineup and I think the Nuggets will be too much to handle once again if Sabonis sits out.