The defending NBA-champion Denver Nuggets have surged into a tie for first place in the Western Conference with the Minnesota Timberwolves after winning five of their last six and eight of 10 overall. Denver is now a road underdog against the Sacramento Kings, which currently sit in the No. 7 seed in the west.
Denver started its three-game road trip with a 114-106 win over the Lakers Thursday night while Sacramento has lost three of five following a bad 133-120 loss to the Pistons Wednesday. Do the Kings bounce back?
Here’s the betting preview for Friday’s matchup with a best bet.
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Nuggets vs. Kings odds, spread and total
Nuggets vs. Kings how to watch
- Date: Friday, Feb. 9
- Game time: 10 p.m. EST
- Venue: Golden 1 Center
- How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
- Nuggets record: 36-16
- Kings record: 29-21
Nuggets vs. Kings injury report
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring): questionable
- No injuries to report
Nuggets vs. Kings key players to watch
Michael Porter Jr.: Looking to be a complimentary scorer to Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, Porter poured in 27 points in Thursday’s win over the Lakers, his most in a game since November. Porter went 11-of-20 from the field with 8 rebounds. The Nuggets are 12-7 this season when Porter scored 20-plus points.
Malik Monk: The former first-round pick is averaging 14.8 points per game this season but has gotten off to a hot start in February. Monk is averaging 21.5 points over four contests this month and shooting 54.1% from the field in that stretch. He is coming off a 23-point, 10-assist double-double off the bench in Wednesday’s loss to Detroit.
Nuggets vs. Kings prediction and pick
Denver has been getting it done with defense over its recent winning streak, holding nine of its last 10 opponents to under 110 points. Sacramento is No. 7 in the NBA in home scoring offense (121.3 points per game) but Denver’s defense travels, ranking fourth in the NBA in scoring on the road.
In the previous matchup, Sacramento got past Denver at home, 123-117, on Dec. 2. Jamal Murray didn’t play in that matchup, though, and the Kings held on for a win despite 36 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds from Jokic. Denver shot just 24% from 3-point range in that game and missed seven free throws.
Those numbers should bounce back with Murray on the floor and Porter Jr. shooting the ball better, especially against a Sacramento defense that is No. 22 in opponent field goal percentage, No. 18 in defensive rating and No. 22 in scoring. The Kings are giving up 124.2 points over the last five games and are below .500 against winning teams (13-14) this season. Denver stays hot on the road.
Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.