The Sacramento Kings (22-39) face the Denver Nuggets (34-25) Saturday in the second game of a home-and-away set between the two teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET at Ball Arena. Below, we look at the Kings vs. Nuggets odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Kings have dropped three straight games, including a 128-110 loss to the Nuggets at home Thursday. Sacramento is 4-12 in its last 16 games, although it did win four of six in the middle of that stretch.
The Nuggets have won four games in a row and six of their last seven. They are sixth in the Western Conference and have a three-game lead over the seventh-place Minnesota Timberwolves, who would compete in the play-in tournament if the season ended today.
Kings at Nuggets odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Kings +300 (bet $100 to win $300) | Nuggets -400 (bet $400 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Kings +7.5 (-107) | Nuggets -7.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 236.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
Kings at Nuggets key injuries
C Richaun Holmes (back) questionable
PG Jamal Murray (knee) out
PF Zeke Nnaji (knee) questionable
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Kings at Nuggets odds, lines, picks and predictions
Nuggets 121, Kings 109
The Kings are 7-21 on the road this season and only have one win in their last 16 road games. They are a bad bet here.
As for the Nuggets, the -400 price is too expensive, making a wager four times the potential return risky.
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Against the spread
In their two head-to-head matchups this season, the Nuggets won by 10 at home (121-111 Jan. 7) and by 18 on the road (Thursday).
The Nuggets have covered the spread in seven of their last 10 games and have won their last three contests at home by at least 10 points.
Only one of the Kings’ last six losses has been by less than eight points.
Take the NUGGETS -7.5 (-115).
The 236.5 is a high projected total. The total from Thursday’s game was 238, but in their first matchup this season, they combined for 232 points.
The Nuggets are averaging 119.1 points per game in their last seven contests.
The Kings have scored 110 or more in eight of their last nine games.
I expect both teams to score around what they have been recently, but that won’t get them Over the projected total.
Take UNDER 236.5 (-112).
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