Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings
Wednesday, 1/25/12, 10:00 PM EST, TV: ALT
Opening Point Spread: Denver -6.5
Current Betting Line: Denver -5.5
Opening Total: 207.5
Current Total: 205
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Denver will look to finish off a perfect five-game road trip Wednesday night and has gone “over” the the total in winning its last four games. The Nuggets have won two games in overtime during their current win streak and will look to make it four in a row against the Kings in their series. It’s important to note that the squad is just 2-3 on the road versus Western Conference foes during the 2011-12 campaign. Denver has won 12 of the last 19 games against Sacramento, while capturing the series in three of the past four years. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 10-5 ATS when playing with three or more days rest.
The Nuggets had not gone 4-0 on their first four road games of a trip since April 2005, as they look to finish off their first-ever 5-0 road trip in franchise history. Denver is hoping that Danilo Gallinari can continue his offensive ways tonight, coming off a career-high 37 points versus the New York Knicks on Saturday. The franchise has lost four of its last five games inside Power Balance Pavilion.
Sacramento has dropped its last two games in straight up and against-the-spread fashion, including a 101-89 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers as 11-point road underdogs. The Kings have also fallen “under” the total in eight of their last nine games. NBA schedule makers weren’t exactly kind to the squad in constructing its January schedule, as the team will play 12 games on the road and just five in front of the home fans. Center DeMarcus Cousins will need to continue his strong play to pull off a slight upset Wednesday night, recording double-doubles in nine of his last 11 games. Sacramento is 0-4 ATS versus Northwest division opponents this year.
The Kings need to start attacking the glass again, getting out-rebounded by a 104-74 margin over the past two games. Sacramento will be finishing out a stretch of playing five straight games against teams that made the NBA playoffs a season ago. Leading scorer Marcus Thornton is currently listed as day-to-day with a left thigh contusion, as he’s managed to average 16.4 points per game this season.
Bettors will likely back the Nuggets due to their 21-5 ATS mark on the road, while the Kings are 2-8 ATS when playing on one days rest.
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