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Mar 4, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart during the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 4, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart during the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets
6 p.m. Pacific on Comcast SportsNet California

The Kings have one last game on the road before a massive homestand -- nine games! -- begins this week. Of course, it's a tough game, as are all games away from Sacramento (and most in Sacramento too). The Kings visit the Nuggets, who are a perfect 3-0 after the All-Star break and beat the Spurs in San Antonio with Manu Ginobili on Sunday.

The Kings have played in Denver once this season, and I think we have all erased it from our memories. So, nevermind!

Obviously, the Kings' problem with Denver is that the Kings have trouble defending in transition and off of dribble penetration, two things the Nuggets do exceptionally well. That weakness creates another problem: Sacramento is at its best flying down the court. When the opposing team puts the ball in the net seemingly every single time, it's hard to run. The defensive problem becomes an offensive problem.

That said, Denver is still wounded, and can be beaten at home. It'll take a herculean effort from DeMarcus Cousins and at least two of the four guards capable of popping off, in my estimation. Let's hope that no matter what, the Kings don't fall apart offensively in the second half.

The game's at 6 Pacific, with game threads at 6 and 7:30. Let's go Kings! Bring home a W!