Two squads sitting on opposite sides of the playoff places of the West are clashing tonight, when the second Denver Nuggets (38-18), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the eighth Sacramento Kings (30-26), who have lost only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 02-13-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -8
Denver Nuggets have a 38-18 record (30-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Heat with a 103-87 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.4 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.7 and in boards grabbed with 10.5 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.4 ppg, 4.3 boards and 5 dimes per game.
Sacramento Kings have a 30-26 record (33-23 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Clippers in the 8th place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Suns with a 117-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Buddy Hield with 20.4 ppg, adding 5.1 boards per game. He is followed by De’Aaron Fox with 17.2 ppg, 3.7 boards and a team high 7.1 dimes per game, while Bogdan Bogdanovic adds 14.8 ppg, 3.6 boards and 4 dimes per game.
Nuggets won both previous meetings against the Kings earlier season (at home by 14 points and on the road by 4). Nuggets have a 24-4 home record, while the Kings are 11-15 on the road. Kings are better offensively, scoring 113.3 ppg to Nuggets’ 111.8, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 106.9 ppg to Kings’ 114.5. Nuggets have a better field goal percentage (47.2% to 46.6%), while Kings have a better 3-point percentage (37.9% to 35.6%). Nuggets are better in dimes made (27.6 to 25.6), in boards grabbed (46.2 to 45.1) and in turnovers committed (12.9 to 13.6). Nuggets are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy win tonight.
Sacramento Kings vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -8 (-108)
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