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Kings open as NBA underdog vs Nuggets

Denver NuggetsSacramento Kings
Dec 16, 6:00 PM | Power Balance Pavilion

Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings Odds

12-12TEAM RECORD7-15

Power Balance Pavilion will feature Kings vs. Nuggets action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

The Kings sit at 7-15 (8-13-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Nuggets are currently 12-12 (14-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Sacramento is 12-10 OU, and Denver is 13-11 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Kings in this one, they were listed earlier as 4-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 203.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 21-rated Kings and the No. 9-rated Nuggets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-93 win for the Nuggets on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Sacramento's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 94.5 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 25 at 100.7 PPG. The Kings field goal percentage has averaged 43.4% so far, less than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 46.5% per game.

Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 24-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.5 points per game. Sacramento, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Denver, they were a 99-94 winner as they battled the Grizzlies at home. The Nuggets covered in the match as a 1-point favorite, while 193 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Nuggets got 20 points from Andre Iguodala as Denver ran past Memphis 99-94 on Friday at Pepsi Center.

The Kings were a 113-103 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. Sacramento got 26 points from Isaiah Thomas en route to a 113-103 loss against Oklahoma City on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Sacramento Kings Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Phoenix are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Nuggets at Kings trends to consider:
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver's last 10 games
Denver is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
Sacramento is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento's last 6 games at home
Sacramento is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Sacramento's last 12 games

Next up:
Denver home to San Antonio, Tuesday, December 18
Sacramento at Phoenix, Monday, December 17