The Sacramento Kings (12-25) and Denver Nuggets (21-17) will meet up in a Western Conference affair Monday night inside the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets 

Denver Nuggets PG Ty Lawson is averaging 20.7 points and 11.7 assists over the last three games

Sacramento has dropped the first two games of its three-game road trip and comes in off a 96-88 loss to the Phoenix Suns as 5.5-point underdogs last night.  “I thought our guys did a great job to maintain and do the things necessary to win, but we had a few breakdowns late,” stated Kings head coach Keith Smart The Kings enter a favorable portion of their 2011-12 schedule after this contest, as they will play their next nine games at home.  Sacramento is 22-25 ATS when playing on back-to-back days and the “over” is 26-21 in that situation the last two-plus seasons.

The Kings are 4-19 overall on the road this season, including a dismal 2-14 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Sacramento has registered a 4-7 mark when playing the second game of a back-to-back situation this year.  Isaiah Thomas has gotten off to quite a start since being inserted into the starting lineup, averaging 19.2 points and scoring the most points for a rookie in his first five games in franchise history since at least 1970-71.

Denver picked up an impressive two-game sweep on the road against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, as the team has covered three consecutive games entering this contest.  The Nuggets have been led offensively by point guard Ty Lawson, who is averaging 20.7 points and 11.7 assists in the last three games.  It’s been a makeshift lineup for the franchise with many key players being out with injuries, including leading scorer Danilo Gallinari.  Denver is 8-10 ATS at home and the “under” is 12-6 in that situation.

The Nuggets are surprisingly just 10-8 at home this season, which includes a disappointing 6-8 mark versus Western foes.  Denver has already won and covered its first two meetings with Sacramento during the 2011-12 campaign, which includes a convincing 110-83 win as 11.5-point home favorites on Jan. 4.  Total players will find that three of the last four games in this series have gone “under” the total.

Bettors will likely back the Kings due to their 4-1 ATS mark on the road, while the Nuggets are 0-6 ATS when playing on zero days rest.

Recommendation: Sacramento Kings (Line not available)

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