Nuggets And Kings Are Ready To Cover Against Quality Competition

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:57 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 3:57 PM UTC

Denver looks to take advantage of a shorthanded Brooklyn team, while Sacramento tries to protect home court against Houston on Wednesday night. Let's find the winners for your NBA picks.

Denver (37-16 SU, 29-24 ATS) at Brooklyn (28-27 SU, 30-25 ATS)Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Nuggets ATSBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Brooklyn Nets are on their first three-game losing streak since dropping eight straight in November and December. They then proceeded to go 20-6 in their next 26 games before their most recent skid that includes losses to Orlando, San Antonio and Milwaukee. The Nets allowed Giannis Antetokounmpo to get 30 points and 15 rebounds in a 113-94 home loss to league-leading Bucks on Monday. Besides being unable to stop Antetokounmpo, the Nets shot a season-low 32.4 percent and made just five of 42 3-point attempts as their nine-game home winning streak ended.

Brooklyn enters Wednesday's game after scoring less than 95 points in consecutive games for the first time since coach Kenny Atkinson took the job. They also are hoping to rebound from their worst shooting percentage since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

The Nets played Monday with five players sidelined as Joe Harris sat out with a sore right hip to join Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe and Jared Dudley on the sideline. Harris leads the Nets in 3-point shooting at 45.3 percent and could return Wednesday while LeVert and Crabbe practiced with the G-League team Tuesday and may return before the All-Star break.

It has been a struggle for the Nets offensively in the last two weeks -- even in some of the wins -- without Dinwiddie and other players.

In Monday 129-103 loss to Detroit, the Nuggets turned in one of their worst performances with a makeshift lineup due to numerous injuries. Starting forward Paul Millsap and starting guards Gary Harris and Jamal Murray sat out.

Besides the injuries, the Nuggets turned in one of their worst rebounding displays all season. Nikola Jokic, who had six double-doubles in his previous seven games, finished with a season-low three boards and Denver was outrebounded 53-32.

Harris has missed three straight games, Murray has missed six straight, and both could be out again Wednesday. Without them, the replacements have played well as Monte Morris is averaging 17.7 points and seven assists in his last three games while Malik Beasley is averaging 23.8 points on 62.1 percent shooting in his past four games.

Denver opened as 2-point favorites in Brooklyn, and that spread should be enough for the Nuggets to cover on the road and expand their 29-24 ATS record.

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Malik been so 💦 in February.

PPG: 24.3
FG%: 61.4
3P%: 57.1
MPG: 33.7 #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/YQ7Xy99a75

— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 6, 2019
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Houston (31-22 SU, 24-28-1 ATS) at Sacramento (28-25 SU, 31-21-1 ATS)Wednesday, 10 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Kings ATSBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Reigning NBA MVP James Harden is taking his game to another level this season by scoring at least 30 points in 26 consecutive games. Harden is single-handedly keeping the Rockets' season afloat with his scoring outputs in the absence of key contributors Chris Paul and Clint Capela. Paul has already returned from injury and allowed for Harden to be able to play off the ball more, and it looks as if Harden’s big man in the pick-and-roll will be making his return soon as well.

The Rockets are optimistic that Capela will return immediately following the break while Eric Gordon should play against the Kings. And, there is anticipation that general manager Daryl Morey will execute an acquisition of some kind prior to Thursday's trade deadline, better positioning Houston to make a run for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Sacramento would be happy merely to qualify for the postseason, considering its 12-season playoff drought. The upstart Kings extended their home winning streak to seven games with a 127-112 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, a triumph that left Sacramento one-half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for eighth place in the West.

Whereas the Rockets have relied on Harden to keep their shorthanded roster in contention, the Kings have turned to youngers to fuel their postseason aspirations.

Starting backcourt mates Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox have combined to produce 37.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.6 assists per game while Bogdan Bogdanovic (14.9), rookie Marvin Bagley (13.2) and Willie Cauley-Stein (13.1) are all scoring in double figures.

Sacramento is one of the very best teams at covering ATS on the season with a mark of 31-21-1 and will look to improve upon that record with a big cover against the Rockets.

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