The Kings are 8-20-1 ATS so far this season but will come up
against a Denver squad that is also having a difficult time versus the spread.
Who will cover on Saturday?
Sacramento beat the Grizzlies on Wednesday night, with
Tyreke Evans hitting a half-court shot to stun Memphis 100-98 at
Coming in as four-point dogs, the Sacramento Kings stuck with the
Grizzlies and snapped an eight-game losing streak as Evans, Beno Udrih and
rookie DeMarcus Cousins were the standout performers.
Evans finished with 21 points, four assists and four
rebounds and Udrih contributed 24 points, six dimes and four boards. Off the
bench, Cousins was dominant in the post, scoring 21 points with 16 rebounds.
Also on Wednesday, Denver beat the Minnesota
Timberwolves 119-113 for their second straight victory and cover.
With a severely undermanned rotation, the Nuggets were
triumphant in large part due to Chauncey Billups, who netted a season-high 36
points to go along with five assists.
Bench play was also key to the win as Ty Lawson had 19
points, five dimes and five rebounds. Chris Andersen and Renaldo Balkman both
scored in double figures as well.
Nuggets favored at home over Sacramento
Sacramento have covered just three of 11 games on the road
this season and more importantly have not won away from ARCO Arena since late
The Kings will have a prime opportunity to pick up the ATS
win on Saturday versus a decimated Denver Nuggets squad.
Denver is 3-2 ATS over the team's previous five games,
though George Karl's team is just 5-10-1 versus the spread at home so far this
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Kings for a day?
At the moment, the Nuggets are completely shorthanded which
leaves the Kings with a very good shot of staying within the number on
Carmelo Anthony is still dealing with a family emergency and
is considered questionable to suit up. In addition, Al Harrington (thumb), Nene
(hamstring) and Kenyon Martin (knee) are all listed as 50/50 to play.
The only injury worry for Sacramento is Luther Head, who has
an illness and is questionable.
Remember to keep checking back with SBR's injury report for
updates leading up to tipoff.
Assuming Denver will again be without a number of their
important contributors, I'm siding with the Kings to keep the game close this
Yes Sacramento has a 6-23 straight up record this season,
but they have kept games closer in recent weeks and should be riding high after
that amazing finish against Memphis.
Look for the Kings to take advantage of all of Denver's
missing pieces and cover at the Pepsi Center.
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