The NBA is set up with a solid slate of games throughout Saturday. Eleven games are up on the board throughout February 6. One of these games will be between the Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings. These two teams have played well throughout this season so far and will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 5:00 PM Eastern time on NBA TV.
Denver has earned a record of 12-9 throughout this season so far, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference. The Nuggets are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost two of their last three games. Denver has picked up their play though after a tough 1-4 start to the season. The Nuggets will look to come out strong in this one to keep moving up in the standings.
The Kings have posted a record of 10-11 throughout the early part of this season, which has them in eleventh place of the Western Conference. Sacramento is coming into this game on a nice streak. The Kings have won back to back games and five of their last six. Sacramento will look to come out hot against the Nuggets as they look to get another win.
These two teams have had strong starts to the new season. Sacramento is not in a playoff spot at the moment, but if they can keep up this winning streak, they can get back into the playoff race. The Nuggets will look to take over quickly in this one as they try to keep their hot streak going. If either team can come out hot, it could give them the win.
The Nuggets and the Kings met up three times throughout last season. Sacramento hosted the first game of the series. Jamal Murray scored 20 points to help lead Denver to a 101-94 win. The Kings hosted the second game as well. Harrison Barnes scored 30 points on the night as Sacramento won 100-97. The third game shifted back to Denver. The Nuggets starting lineup combined for 86 points as Denver won 120-115.
The first game of this season’s series was in Denver on December 23. Nikola Jokic finished with 29 points, 14 assists and 15 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. added 24 points, but it was not enough. Buddy Hield dropped 22 points, while De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes both scored 21 points on the night. The Kings were able to earn a 124-122 win in overtime.
Sacramento hosted the second game of the season series on December 29. Michael Porter Jr. finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Nikola Jokic put up 26 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. De’Aaron Fox dropped 24 points and 9 assists. Richaun Holmes added 20 points The Kings starting lineup combined for 87 points on the night as Sacramento won 125-115.
Denver was able to win two of the three games throughout the season series last season. The Kings have won both games to open up this season series. Sacramento will look to come out strong in this one as well as they look to sweep the season series. The Nuggets have been doing much better since the opening to this season and will look to knock off the Kings.
Field Goal Shooting
The Nuggets have been strong shooting the ball throughout this season so far. Denver has made around 47.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 6th in the NBA. The Nuggets are also shooting 38 percent from behind the arc, which is also 6th in the league. Denver has made 77 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 14th in the NBA.
Sacramento has also been strong shooting from the field so far this season. The Kings have been able to make around 47.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 9th in the league. Sacramento has been able to make around 37.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is 9th in the NBA. The Kings are shooting 72.1 percent from the free throw line, which is 28th in the league.
These two teams have been strong shooting the ball throughout the early part of this season. Neither team has been great on defense, but Denver has been slightly better. The Nuggets have held opposing teams to a 47.6 percent field goal percentage, which is 25th in the league. The Kings have allowed their opponents to make 48.2 percent of their shots, which is 29th in the NBA.
Nikola Jokic has been the leader for this Nuggets team this season. Jokic has averaged 26 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Jamal Murray is averaging 19 points per game. Michael Porter Jr. has averaged 16 points, while Will Barton, Monte Morris and JaMychal Green are all averaging 11 points per game this season.
De’Aaron Fox has helped lead this Sacramento team. Fox is averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. Harrison Barnes has averaged 17 points per game, while Buddy Hield is averaging 16 points per game. Marvin Bagley has averaged 13 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Richaun Holmes is averaging 12.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Tyrese Haliburton has averaged 11 points per game this season.
These two teams have had their stars step up early in this season to help lead them. Jokic has continued to lead this team. Jamal Murray could be out in this one, which would hurt the Nuggets. The Kings will look to take advantage of this at the Guard spot. I expect Denver to try and have some players step up early in this one as they look to get the victory.
The Nuggets are coming into this one after a tough loss, while Sacramento has hit a nice winning streak. Denver lost both games to the Kings to open up the season series and will look to come out better in this one. If the Nuggets can come out better on the defensive side, it could be enough to give them the win. I expect Denver to set the pace early to bounce back with a victory.
BetOnline has the Nuggets listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Denver on the road. I agree with this lien as the Nuggets have been the better team this season. Denver has lost twice to the Kings this season, but I think they will avoid the sweep with a win in this one. The Nuggets have picked up their play as the season has gone along and I think they will win this one.