For the third time this season, the Nuggets and Kings will meet on the court. The Kings are now leading the series 2-0 and the Nuggets know that this is a game that they need to win, especially after Saturday night’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
In our last meeting with the Kings back on February 24th, the Nuggets fell to Sacramento 116-100. That was the Kings’ first game without Boogie and the Nuggets looked like they were still on All-Star Break.
In that meeting, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried returned to the court from injury and were inserted back into the starting lineup. Gary Harris led Denver with 23 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist. Wilson Chandler came off of the bench with a double-double, contributing 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Jokic only put up 4 points, though he did grab 11 rebounds and dish 2 assists.
The Kings were led by Willie Cauley-Stein off of the bench for 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Right now, the Nuggets are still keeping their hold on the eighth seed with their 28-34 record. The Kings are 25-37 on the season and 12-18 on the road. The Nuggets are 16-15 here at home, giving us the advantage.
The Trail Blazers are a game and a half behind Denver, the Mavs are 2 games back, and the Kings are three games back. The race for the 8th seed is tightening up and following the disappointing loss to Charlotte, the Nuggets know that they need to shape up so that they can make the playoffs.
Nuggets Stats: Kings Stats:
FG%: 46.3 FG%: 45.5
RPG: 46.5 RPG: 41
Last 10: 5-5 Last 10: 5-5
Keys to the Game, Courtesy of Sean English:
- Play to potential. In recent road wins against the Bulls and Bucks, we saw a glimpse of what the Nuggets hope to be. Consistency has been a problem for the Nuggets this season.
- Finish quarters strong. Last game against Charlotte, the Nuggets surrendered a lead in the first quarter and the Hornets never looked back.
- Play with fire. The Nuggets still hold the 8th spot in the Western Conference. After a poor performance after the All-Star Break in Sacramento, the Nuggets should be fired up to get revenge and push the Kings down in the standings.
Kenneth Faried (back) OUT
Garrett Temple (hamstring) OUT