Denver Nuggets -7 (-110) 220½ (-110) -290
Sacramento Kings +7 (-110) 220½ (-110) +245
The Nuggets lost their fifth of the last nine games on Wednesday before last to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The elation of humbling the Warriors a couple of days prior was probably too much for Denver to handle. The Nugs made just 11 of 34 three-pointers after tying a record of 24 3-treys on 40 tries against Golden State.
Nicola Jokic shot just 6 of 19 from the field for 15 points. “I just missed shots,” Jokic said. “The ball didn’t go in.” thanks for establishing the cause-and-effect relationship there. Denver players missed six reverse layups and Gary Harris – who led the Nuggets with 22 points – even botched a breakaway dunk. Denver was without starters Danilo Gallinari, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Kenneth Faried. Then again they also missed the game against the Warriors and that didn’t prevent the Nuggets from blowing out Golden State. The debuting Mason Plumlee had 11 points and nine rebounds but was sucking wind so bad after 34 minutes that front row attendants may have passed out from oxygen-deprivation. In pro basketball lines trends, Denver is 7-2 against the basketball gambling spread in the last nine games when playing on the road against the Kings and 6-3 SU in the last nine games when playing on the road against the Kings.
The Kings had a four-game winning streak snapped by the couldn’t-beat-the-Nuggets Warriors seven days ago. Fun fact: current New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins was Sac’s lead scorer and rebounder in three of those four straight wins. Against Golden State though Cousins had 13 points and six assists, while Matt Barnes added 15 points and Darren Collison 14. The Kings made five 3-point shots in the first quarter but went 2 of 15 the rest of the game. Sac hopes that the newly arrived Buddy Hields will help the Kings in that department. Hield was named December’s Western Conference Rookie of Month after averaging 10.6 point per game average and 47-plus percent from the three-point line. And while we’re on the subject of the New Orleans Three, Tyreke Evans – who played in Sacramento between 2009 and 2013 – is averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in under 20 minutes per game this season. And Langston Galloway is posting almost nine points in 20 minutes per game. Cousins, on the other hand, was averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game before the trade. All things considered, this trade reminds one of another famous deal; one involving a cow and some magic beans. In pro basketball lines trends, the Kings are 2-7 against the basketball gambling spread in the last nine games when playing at home against the Nuggets and 3-6 SU in the last nine games when playing at home against the Nuggets.