The NBA schedule will turn to two of the up and coming teams of the Western Conference on Wednesday February 13th, 2019 as the Sacramento Kings travel to take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Currently these two teams sit in the second (Nuggets) and eighth (Kings) in the Western Conference with a slight chance of a first round matchup in the NBA playoffs. Entering Wednesday Night’s contest the Nuggets had won seven of ten while the Kings had won six of their last ten.
For the Nuggets their success revolves around All-Star center Nikola Jokic and a deep pool of talented guards. Jokic enters Wednesday Night’s showdown averaging 20.4 points a game to go with 10.5 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. Along with Jokic, the Nuggets have six other players averaging double digits including point Guard Jamal Murray who is averaging 18.4 points a game and 4.3 assists.
Meanwhile the Kings success revolves around a very young core of talented weapons including rookie Marvin Bagley III who is coming off a career game finishing with 32 points and seven rebounds in the team’s 117-104 over the Phoenix Suns. The Kings have also seen Buddy Heild (20.4 ppg) and De’Aaron Fox (17.2 ppg & 7.1 apg) take bigger steps in their development during the 2018-19 NBA season.
Here are the keys to the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets matchup on Wednesday February 13th, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
NBA Keys to Game
Sacramento Kings – Win the Glass
The Kings will have a difficult task of slowing down a very talented Nuggets team on Wednesday Night. One of the biggest keys to the Kings success will be their success on winning the war on the glass. This includes on the defensive side of floor against a Nuggets team that is tied for first in the NBA averaging over 12 offensive rebounds a game. Overall the Nuggets rank first in rebound differential averaging nearly five rebounds more per contest per their opponents.
Denver Nuggets – Shut Down the Perimeter
While the Nuggets have the advantage heading into this contest, they will need to step up on the defensive side of the floor against the very up tempo and aggressive scoring offense of the Kings. Entering their Wednesday Night showdown, the Kings rank fourth in the NBA in three point percentage averaging over 11 three pointers made per contest. Leading the charge is Buddy Heild who ranks fourth in the NBA in three point percentage (.449) connecting on 193 of 427 attempts this season.
NBA Betting Trends
Sacramento Kings – The Kings hot and surprise start to the 2018-19 NBA Season has helped sports handicappers cash in early with the team posting a 33-23 record against the spread on the year including six of their past ten contests. (12-14) on the road as well as 5-1 over their last six contests. The team has also been strong in contests following a game in which they score 100 plus points covering the spread in six of their past seven. Despite the success the Kings have managed to cover the spread in just two of their last ten road contests.
Denver Nuggets – The Nuggets continue to be one of the most impressive teams in the NBA this season and they continue to dominate at the Pepsi Center for sports handicappers this season. Overall the Nuggets have a 24-4 record at home this season while covering the spread in 20 of 28 contests. Along with that success the Nuggets have covered the spread in five straight at home against teams with a losing road record. Despite the success the Nuggets have struggled on one days rest this season failing to cover the spread in five of their last six games.
Head 2 Head – This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season with the Nuggets wining each of the first two meetings. Over the past ten contests the Nuggets have dominated the series winning seven of ten including four of the five meetings in Denver. The trends point that direction as well as the Kings have covered the spread in just one of their last eight head to head meetings with the Nuggets while posting a 0-4 mark in their last four in Denver. The favorite has also posted a 7-1 record against the spread over the last eight overall meetings.