In one of the late games on the evening of NBA action, the Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings will meet on Friday, February 9th, 2024 (10:40 PM ET/7:40 PM PT). The Kings, who have lost two straight, are favored in the game at -1.0 (bet365). Denver despite a 36-16 record overall, remains a beatable team on the road. They carry a 15-12 away record into this Friday-night contest. My Nuggets vs Kings prediction is that Sacramento will win this game on the moneyline for their backers.
NBA Matchup: Nuggets vs Kings
Away: Denver Nuggets
Home: Sacramento Kings
Game time: Friday, February 9th, 2024 @ 10:40 PM ET
Nuggets vs Kings odds (home team’s spread): -1.0 (bet365)
Denver vs Sacramento Prediction: Latest NBA News
The Nuggets played on Thursday, meaning that they will enter this game with no days off between games. The Nuggets defeated the LA Lakers 114-106 last night.
Michael Porter Jr., Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray all played at least 36 minutes in the game. These are players who might be just a little below standard due to fatigue on Friday. However, I still would not put it past Jokic or Murray to have a big game. They each had double-doubles against the Lakers, with Jokic missing a triple-double by one assist.
Denver Nuggets injuries: recent news
On the injury front, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed last night’s game. But the entire Denver Nuggets team needs to be double-checked before betting on them for this game. It would not be surprising to see if at least one starter was downgraded from “active” to “questionable” on Friday morning or early on Friday afternoon. They did play last night so if one of their players sustained a minor injury in the game, it might not show up in the NBA news until players started reporting to the team on Friday.
Double-check for playing status updates with Denver (06:27 ET time of writing):: Team’s Depth Chart
The Kings last played on Wednesday, meaning they will have an extra-rest advantage over Denver heading into this game. Sacramento lost to the Detroit Pistons by 13 points. The spread stands as Detroit’s best road spread of the season. Over the last couple of weeks, Sacramento has been in decent form despite the loss to Detroit. They Kings have gone 6-3 as they continue to eye their second consecutive appearance in the NBA playoffs.
Sacramento Kings: Recent Form Alert
Formerly: 23 – 18 heading into January 22nd, 2024
Currently: 29 – 21 (overall)
Recent form: 6 – 3 since January 22nd, 2024
Recent winning rate: .667
Sacramento Kings injuries: recent news
The Kings’ depth chart looks good for injuries right now. As of the very early morning, the only injury noted on their depth chart with ESPN is to Chris Duarte. He has not been steady in-game appearances this season. The Kings’ starters and bench support are all active for this game, as of the early-morning news.
Double-check status updates Sacramento (06:27 ET time of writing):: Team’s Depth Chart
Nuggets vs Kings Prediction: Betting Tips
Bettors should go with Sacramento in this game at -120 on the moneyline (bet365). Not only is Denver vulnerable on the road but they are playing the backend of a back-to-back set with travel mixed in as they go from LA to Sacramento.
As a case in point, Denver was in a pretty similar situation back in early December. They played Phoenix on December 1st and won 119-111. Then they had to travel for a game against Sacramento, one that they lost 123-117 despite a triple-double from Jokic.
That was at a time when they were without Murray. However, you can bet Sacramento hoping that the rest advantage comes into play in addition to Denver’s mediocre road record. Lastly, if you bet early in the day you can cross your fingers that the game-day updates favor the Kings since the Nuggets just played last night and are therefore the team more likely to have negative news throughout the day.
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