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Preview: Nuggets hit the road to take on Sacramento Kings

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The Nuggets are looking to continue their win streak, while the Kings hope to break their losing streak

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets are rolling, winners of three straight, and are looking to extend their winning streak further into the 2019 tonight against the Sacramento Kings. Even better, the Nuggets are getting healthier - Gary Harris made his return on Tuesday, and he and Paul Millsap are both off of the injury report completely.

Despite losing their last two games, the Kings are right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race with a 19-18 record and are well on pace to shatter their 2017-18 win total of just 27 victories. De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield are looking like the promising back court of the future for Sacramento, averaging 18.1 and 19.9 points respectively on the year. The Nuggets defeated the Kings handily in the fourth game of the season, but this game on the road will be no walk in the park.

The Basics

Who: Denver Nuggets (24-11) at Sacramento Kings (19-18)

When: 8:00 PM MT

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

How to watch: Altitude

Rival blog: Sactown Royalty

Position
Denver
Sacramento
Edge
PG
Jamal Murray
De'Aaron Fox
Even
SG
Torrey Craig
Buddy Hield
Sacramento
SF
Juancho Hernangomez
Iman Shumpert
Nuggets
PF
Mason Plumlee
Nemanja Bjelica
Even
C
Nikola Jokic
Willie Cauley-Stein
Nuggets
Bench
Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Monte Morris, Malik Beasley, Trey Lyles
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Yogi Ferrell, Frank Mason III
Nuggets

*Lineups subject to change

Injury Report: Will Barton - out (hip), Isaiah Thomas - out (hip), Jarred Vanderbilt - out (foot), Michael Porter Jr - out (back); Marvin Bagley III - out (knee)

What to Watch For: Jamal Murray vs. Buddy Hield

This is a match up that might never get old. Of course, Hield was drafted one position in front of Murray and the two have been linked ever since. In the first match up this season, Murray bested Hield in the scoring department by putting up 19 compared to Hield’s five. Still, Hield is having a career year, averaging 19.9 points per game on 42.3% shooting from deep. Murray, too, is having his best scoring year (18.3 ppg) and has put up multiple 40-point performances. He’s been a key component to keeping Denver on top of the West within the last few weeks and will look to have another big night against Hield.

Spotlight on: Malik Beasley

Beasley is on a tremendous hot streak the past four games, averaging 20.3 points while shooting 50.2% from the field and 52.8% from three. He scored a career high 22 against the Spurs last week, then broke that mark on Tuesday against the Knicks when he put up a 23-6-5 night in the win. Beasley has been an excellent stopgap off the bench and has certainly made a case for himself to stay in the rotation as other players are coming back from injury.

Prediction: Denver 112 - Sacramento 105

The Nuggets are just an average road team and looked rusty on Tuesday trying to integrate Harris and Millsap back to the lineup - but still, they have found ways to win. Tonight will be no different.

Poll

Who will lead the team in scoring tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Jamal Murray
    (228 votes)
  • 47%
    Nikola Jokic
    (290 votes)
  • 5%
    Malik Beasley
    (35 votes)
  • 3%
    Paul Millsap
    (22 votes)
  • 5%
    Gary Harris
    (32 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (10 votes)
617 votes total Vote Now