Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings 4/9/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings 4/9/23
Sun 9th April 2023

It figures to be a high-scoring affair when the Denver Nuggets (52-29, 33-7 Home) host the Sacramento Kings (48-33, 25-15 Away) on Sunday. Sacramento was blown out by the Golden State Warriors 119-97 at Golden 1 Center on Friday. Trey Lyles was a top performer in the loss with 15 points and eight rebounds. The Kings are the third seed in the Western Conference.

Denver is playing on back-to-back days after dropping their third in a row yesterday at Vivint Arena, falling to the Utah Jazz 118-114. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 21 points in the loss, carrying the team. The Nuggets are 1.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies atop the Western Conference, currently sitting in first.

The teams are meeting for the last time this season. Sacramento and Denver have split their two matchups this season. The Kings came out on top in the last meeting, beating the Nuggets 127-126 at Golden 1 Center in December 2022. Nikola Jokic topped all players in scoring with 40 points and six assists in the losing effort.

Malik Monk had 33 points for the Kings, while Domantas Sabonis added 31 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. The Kings have been led this season by De’Aaron Fox, who is averaging 25.2 points per game. Meanwhile, Sabonis is contributing 12.4 rebounds, most in the league, and 7.3 assists per game.

Jokic (24.1 ppg) has supplied much of the Nuggets’ offense. Jokic has also filled the stat sheet with 11.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists per game, for which he ranks fourth and third in the league, respectively. The Kings and the Nuggets rank as two of the most productive offenses in the NBA, first and fifth in offensive efficiency, respectively.

The Kings have struggled in recent games at Ball Arena, losing eight of the last 10. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are 6-5 when playing on consecutive nights this season and 6-4 in such games against rested opponents.

The Kings are 3-9 with a rest advantage.Sacramento is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +3.7 (120.9-117.2). Denver has also split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 110.1 points per game on average while scoring only 109.6 (-0.5 margin). The Nuggets are averaging 115.9 ppg for the full season while allowing 112.7.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Rebounds per game:
Harrison Barnes: 2.8 | 4.5 | -1.7
Assists per game:
De’Aaron Fox: 8.0 | 6.2 | +1.8


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Nikola Jokic: 27.0 | 45.5 | -18.5
Points per game:
Bruce Brown: 16.8 | 11.4 | +5.3
Nikola Jokic: 10.0 | 24.1 | -14.1
Rebounds per game:
Michael Porter Jr.: 7.3 | 5.5 | +1.8
Assists per game:
Nikola Jokic: 7.0 | 9.7 | -2.7

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Sacramento Kings (-190)

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