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Nuggets vs Kings NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings
  • Where: Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
  • Date: Tuesday, December 27th
  • Betting Odds SAC +3.5, DEN -160 | SAC +132 O/U OFF

The Nuggets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 21-11. So far, the team has gone 14-18-0 against the spread. Against the Kings, the Nuggets are going for their 5th straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 8.5 points per game in this stretch.

Denver is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Suns. Going into the game, they were 4 point favorites against the spread. Their 128-125 victory was not enough to cover. Denver was able to come away with the win due to strong 2nd half effort. Heading into the 2nd half, the team faced a 6 point deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Nikola Jokic, as he contributed 41 points while hitting 64.0% of his shots.

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The Kings come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 17-14. So far, the team has gone 18-12-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Sacramento has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.

The Kings are coming off a dissappointing 125-111 loss to the Wizards. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 8 points. In the loss, Sacramento got off to a slow start, trailing by 18 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was De’Aaron Fox, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 56.2% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Looking back to last season, the Nuggets and Kings met up for games, with Denver winning the series 4-0. A large part of the team’s overall success vs Sacramento, was their ability to win on the road as they were above .500 away from home in the series. Similar to their season-long average, the Nuggets averaged 117.5 points per game vs the Kings. Similar to the Nuggets, the Kings scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Denver, the team averaged 107.75 points per game. In terms of betting vs the spread, the Kings have gone 3-2, but the Nuggets actually have a positive scoring differential. In these meetings, Denver has averaged 116 points per contest, while allowing 110. Over the course of these games, they averaged 226 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Nuggets come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.0 points per game (6th). Coming into today’s game, the Nuggets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. If the Denver offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.5 turnovers per game.

Defensively, Denver has had its problems giving up an average of 110.41 points per game (14th).

Center Nikola Jokic currently leads the Nuggets at 25.4 points per game. For the season, he is 28th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Jokic is averaging 11.0 boards and 9.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 7th ranked defense at defending centers. Aaron Gordon enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 29 games, he is averaging 17.5 and is 38th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Coming into today’s action, Sacramento is averaging 118.1 points per contest. This figure places them 2nd in the league. The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.4 made 3’s per game. If the Sacramento offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.

On defense, the Kings will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 29th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Domantas Sabonis who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 17.9 points per game. At the time of this article, Sabonis is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 5th on the team in usage rate and is 21st in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Sacramento benefit from having both of their top scorers as De’Aaron Fox leads the team and is 25th in the league in scoring (23.2). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 23rd in points allowed to point-guards.

Nuggets vs Kings Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Kings +3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under OFF

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