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Kings vs. Nuggets Preview: Sacramento looks to keep winning streak going

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Denver is notorious for being one of the toughest home courts in the NBA thanks to the high altitude, and the fact that the Nuggets are a talented team helps as well.  The Kings have beaten two very good opponents in a row, but it will take another big effort to keep this winning streak going.  Tonight's action tips off at 6:00 pm tonight on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140.


1. Danilo Gallinari is back and healthy for the Nuggets after missing all of last year with a back injury.  He has yet to get his rhythm back however and probably won't play major minutes against the Kings either.  Defensively the Nuggets will probably try to hide him on Ben McLemore, with Arron Afflalo on Rudy.

2. I would really like to see the Kings shooting guards get going.  So far we haven't seen much offense from either Ben McLemore or Nik Stauskas.  Neither player is a featured part of the offense, especially with Cousins and Rudy taking up so many offensive possessions, but they're also not helping matters by missing the wide open shots they do get.  The Kings' success so far this season has come with basically zero offensive production at this position, and I don't think that's sustainable.

3. This is the second night of a back to back and Sacramento's stars played big minutes yesterday against the Clippers.  Compounding matters is the fact that the Kings are in the high altitude of Denver and the Nuggets have had a couple days off to rest.  Darren Collison and Rudy Gay both played nearly 40 minutes against the Clippers, and DeMarcus Cousins was at 35.  The Kings' bench will likely get more run tonight, and we'll need them to step up.  So far Omri Casspi and Carl Landry have been the only consistent contributors off the bench; we'll need the likes of Ramon Sessions, Reggie Evans and Nik Stauskas to join them.


Darren Collison vs. Ty Lawson

For the third time in four games, the featured matchup involves Darren Collison.  Collison has got to have the hardest strength of schedule in terms of guys he has to guard in the first five games of the season.  So far he's faced Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Chris Paul and Denver's Ty Lawson will prove to be another challenge.  Collison has done an admirable job defensively so far this season, but Lawson is very quick and is a skilled shooter.  Hopefully Collison has some energy reserves in the tank for this battle.


The Kings have surprised us all,
winning two games in a row, what gall!
But Denver is tough,
and likes to play rough,
so for God's sake take care of the ball.


Kings 197, Nuggets 0 after DeMarcus Cousins and Kenneth Faried choose to decide the game with a talent show.  Faried chooses karaoke, Cousins chooses scoring a basketball repeatedly.