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The Denver Nuggets look to take care of business as they host the Sacramento Kings in an afternoon game at the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets are in the mist of a playoff push and will look to keep pace in the Western Conference standings with a victory over the Kings. Denver’s record currently sits at 36-30, which is good for ninth in the West. The Nuggets have 16 games left in the regular season and are in the mist of a four game stretch where they play four straight teams with a record under .500. The stretch begins on Sunday when the Kings come to town with a 21-45 record, and have already been eliminated from playoff contention.
Even with the Kings struggles this season, they still have a few players who could give the Nuggets troubles. The Kings are led on offense by Zach Randolph who averages 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Randolph attempts 13 shots per game and shoots over 48 percent from the field. Randolph has gave the Nuggets problems in the past in his time with he Grizzlies, and is averaging 7.5 rebounds in two games vs. the Nuggets this season.
Another guy the Nuggets will have to watch out for is Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic. The first year player out of Serbia is having a strong rookie campaign averaging 11.7 points, 3.4 assists, and took home the MVP award of the Team USA vs. Team World game during All-Star weekend. Bogdanovic also has ties to Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic as they played on the same team during the olympics last summer.
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The Nuggets are coming off a big victory over the Lakers where they were able to close the game out with a strong fourth quarter. Paul Millsap was a huge component in that Nuggets win and has now played in six games since his return from a wrist injury. Millsap is averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Millsap has also taken over the Nuggets lead in blocks per game with 1.3 and recorded three blocks in the Nuggets last game vs. Los Angeles.
Gary Harris will be another player to watch as he’s played well in the three games vs. the Kings so far this season. Harris is averaging 18 points per game and is shooting 60 percent from the field in the two teams prior matchups this year. The Nuggets lost their most recent game to the Kings at the beginning of January, but are still 2-1 against them and are looking to win the season series on Sunday.
Stay tuned to Dig In Denver for postgame coverage to find out if the Nuggets were able to take care of business against the Kings.