Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 12/29/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-3.5)
Golden 1 Center is the venue where and the Sacramento Kings (2-1) will play the Denver Nuggets (0-2) on Tuesday. The odds on this contest have Denver as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 223.
The Denver Nuggets took the court against the Los Angeles Clippers and went home with a loss by a final score of 121-108 in their last game. Denver ended the game with a 45.7% field goal percentage (37 of 81) and buried 11 of their 36 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Nuggets made 23 of their 31 shots for a rate of 74.2%. With respect to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 32 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 25 assists for this game in addition to having 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. In reference to the defense, Denver allowed their opponent to shoot 55.4% from the floor on 41 out of 74 shooting. Los Angeles distributed 32 assists and had 9 steals for this game. In addition, the Clippers grabbed 38 boards (9 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Los Angeles finished the contest at 83.3% at the charity stripe by burying 20 of 24 attempts. They also knocked down 19 of 38 tries from beyond the arc.
Nikola Jokić is someone who was a factor in this game. He racked up 24 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He played 38:29 minutes and collected 9 boards. Jokić finished 53.8% from the field and totaled 10 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Nuggets was Jamal Murray. He pulled down 5 rebounds and accounted for 3 dimes. He finished shooting 45.0% from the floor for the game by going 9-of-20 (23 points). When the game finished, Murray was on the hardwood for 37:16 minutes.
Denver steps onto the court with a mark of 0-2 on the campaign. They are averaging 115.0 points per game (12th in the NBA) while going 46.9% from the field. The Nuggets are connecting on 29.2% from downtown (19 of 65) and 78.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Denver is pulling in 39.0 boards per game and has accounted for 53 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 23rd in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 22.5 fouls every game. On defense, the Nuggets are able to force 18.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 30.5 fouls. They are surrendering 42.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 25th in the league in points per game allowed (122.5). The Nuggets defense is allowing a FG percentage of 48.9% (36 of 61) and they concede 46.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 10th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 59 surrendered this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Sacramento Kings took a loss by a score of 116-100 when they faced the Phoenix Suns. The Kings were able to collect 36 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for the game. They rejected 4 shots while recording 5 steals in the game. The Suns were called for 20 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Kings to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to make 18 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 72.0%. With regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Sacramento buried 10 out of their 23 attempts (43.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Kings finished shooting 36 out of 76 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.4%. The Kings allowed the Suns to convert 46 out of their 94 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.9% in this matchup. They shot 40.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 14 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 10 out of 11 at the free throw line (90.9%). In reference to attacking the glass, Sacramento permitted Phoenix to collect 44 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Buddy Hield ended up being a factor for the Kings for the matchup. He knocked down 6 of 16 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 37.5%, which earned him 17 points. Hield totaled 2 boards in his 33:55 minutes of time on the court and had 3 dimes for the matchup. One more player who came through for Sacramento was Harrison Barnes. He was able to score 10 points in 28:54 minutes on the court by going 4 of 6 from the floor in the game. Barnes wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the field as well as earning 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Sacramento has a record of 2-1 for the season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Kings are connecting on 45.5% from the floor, which ranks them 18th in basketball. Sacramento has scored 330 points so far this year (110.0 per contest) and they average 49.7 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 22.7 times per contest (22nd in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 16.0 times per game. The Kings have committed 24.7 personal fouls every game and they shoot 73.0% from the charity stripe. The Kings defensively are ranked 19th in the NBA in PPG given up with 113.7. They have given up 29.0 assists and 43.3 total rebounds per game, which ranks 28th and 10th in the NBA. The Sacramento defense concedes 30.6% on shots from 3-point land (33 of 108) and opponents are making 83.3% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the field (16th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sacramento (+3.5)
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