Preview: Denver At Sacramento

When: 10:30 PM  ET, Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Matchup Edge
DEN Edge in: SAC
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The Denver Nuggets delivered a solid victory that would be expected from a playoff contender and attempt to follow it up when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. Denver is looking for its fifth victory in seven games after ripping the Boston Celtics — the team with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference — 119-99 on Friday to move one game ahead of the eighth-place Portland Trail Blazers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic returned from a two-game absence because of an illness and was again in top form as he delivered 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for his fifth straight double-double. "I was freezing, I had something in my chest, I couldn't lift my head," Jokic told reporters of his illness. "My body was weak. It was not good." Sacramento has dropped its last seven consecutive games, including Friday's 130-122 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards. The Kings have slipped five games behind the Nuggets in the playoff race and a loss on Saturday would dig a deeper hole.

TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), CSN California (Sacramento)

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (30-35): Jokic is averaging 18.8 points, 13 rebounds and 7.4 assists during the five-game run to raise his season double-double count to 28. He sat out Monday when the Nuggets posted a 108-96 road victory over the Kings and forward Wilson Chandler stepped up with a career-best 36 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Another good sign for Denver was forward Danilo Gallinari's 20-point outing versus Boston after he missed Wednesday's 123-113 loss to the Washington Wizards because of a bout of vertigo.

ABOUT THE KINGS (25-40): Second-year center Willie Cauley-Stein is receiving more opportunities since the recent trade of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans and he posted 20 points and 13 rebounds against Washington for his second double-double of the season. His other double-double came against the Nuggets on Feb. 23 when he scored a career-best 29 points on 14-of-22 shooting and collected 10 rebounds. Cauley-Stein is averaging 13.4 points with five double-digit outings in eight games since the trade of Cousins.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Nuggets dropped five straight games to the Kings prior to Monday's victory.

2. Sacramento G Tyreke Evans (rest) sat out Friday and is expected to play against the Nuggets — he had 26 points in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio.

3. Denver PF Kenneth Faried (back) is expected to miss his eighth consecutive game.

PREDICTION: Kings 115, Nuggets 108

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Denver 30-35 W1 18-16 12-19 2-1 28-34 5-8 17-22
Sacramento 25-40 L7 13-20 12-20 0-4 25-36 4-6 15-22

Last Meeting

Denver Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/6/17 SAC 96 DEN 108 108 41 49.3 96 40 43.4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN W. Chandler 36 56.5 5
SAC D. Collison 17 54.5 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN W. Chandler 12 3 9
SAC K. Koufos 10 3 7
Assists Player  
DEN J. Nelson 6
SAC T. Lawson 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN W. Chandler 1039 46.4 138
SAC D. Collison 823 47.8 129
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN N. Jokic 569 185 384
SAC K. Koufos 389 116 273
Assists Player  
DEN J. Nelson 338
SAC T. Lawson 284

Quickchart Matchup

Denver  Off vs  Sacramento Def
110.8 Points For
106.1 Points Against
46.6 FG%
46.3 FG%
46.3 Reb
42.7 Reb
Sacramento Off vs  Denver Def
102.9 Points For
111.2 Points Against
45.7 FG%
47.9 FG%
42.7 Reb
40.1 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Denver Overall Sacramento
30-35 W/L 25-40
34-31-0 ATS 32-30-3
41-23-1 O/U 28-37-0
110.8 Pts For 102.9
111.2 Pts Against 106.1
Denver A/H Sacramento
12-19 W/L 13-20
16-15-0 ATS 16-15-2
20-11-0 O/U 14-19-0
107.6 Pts For 105.1
111.4 Pts Against 106.6