Nuggets look to become first team in Western Conference to four wins as they aim to stay undefeated
The Denver Nuggets are off to a hot start to the 2018-19 season, and the rest of the NBA is beginning to take notice. The Nuggets have the best defensive rating in the NBA and haven’t allowed a single opponent to reach 100 points so far this season. Yes, that includes the Golden State Warriors on a back-to-back just one night after losing Will Barton to a scary injury.
Tonight, the Nuggets get a chance to keep the momentum rolling at home in a matchup with the Sacramento Kings (1-2).
The Kings are one of the youngest teams in the league and came into the season with some of the lowest expectations, especially in the Western Conference. However, with an extremely tough schedule to start the season the Kings have managed to pick up a win already. After losses to the Jazz and Pelicans, the Kings were able to pick up a win against the Thunder, even with Russell Westbrook returning from injury.
While the Nuggets haven’t allowed an opponent to score more than 100 points yet this season, the Kings have given up 120 in all three games. The Nuggets offense hasn’t really had its breakout game yet, but tonight seems like a night they can accomplish that. Despite being on their third game in four nights the Nuggets have already knocked out the back-to-back portion and have been at home for all three games, building energy and momentum.
Last season the Nuggets played their home opener against the Kings and got their first win of the season by a score of 96-79 led by Paul Millsap’s 18 points. Both teams are different almost exactly one year later, but the Nuggets will look keep their success against the Kings going. Denver won their season series with Sacramento last season for the first time since the 2012-13 season and figure to have a similar advantage this season as well.
Tonight’s game tips off at 7 p.m. (MST) at Pepsi Center in Denver. The game will air on Altitude TV and on NBA League Pass.
Sacramento Kings Projected Starters
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Iman Shumpert
PF – Nemanja Bjelica
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Denver Nuggets Projected Starters
PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Torrey Craig
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) October 24, 2018
Both teams have come out and surprised the NBA in one way or another so far this year, but both teams are in vastly different stages of championship contention. The Nuggets should make easy work of this one tonight if they are able to keep the same defensive focus that they’ve shown through the first three games and are able to add any sort of a complete offensive game to the mix.
An ideal night for the Nuggets will allow them to get some rest for their starters heading into Thursday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers in LA. The Nuggets have had no problem taking the approach that every game matters so far, but tonight may be their toughest test of that philosophy yet.