2008-09 Game 81 – Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings Game Thread

I do not think we need to worry about the Denver Nuggets overlooking the Sacramento Kings tonight.  Not only are the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers pushing the Nuggets in the standings (with the bruised and battered Spurs hanging in there by a thread too), but the last time these two teams played the Kings handed the Nuggets an embarrassing 114-106 loss.  It was perhaps the low point of the Nuggets’ season.

A win tonight clinches the Northwest Division title for the Nuggets as well as a top four seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  Should the Hornets beat the Rockets in Houston tonight a win would also lock Denver into the second seed in the playoffs and render the final regular season game in Portland meaningless.

Sacramento will be playing without leading scorer Kevin Martin, but the Kings still possess enough shooters that the Nuggets cannot afford to fall asleep on defense.  Francisco Garcia, Andres Nocioni, Spencer Hawes, Rahsad McCants and Bobby Jackson can all hit the long bomb.  Rookie Jason Thompson, who has given the Nuggets a tough time on the offensive glass, is finishing the season strong.  Thompson is posting averages of 14.3 points and 10.9 boards for the month of April and over half of his rebounds (5.6 a game) have been offensive.  Keeping Thompson from corralling missed shot after missed shot will be a good exercise for Denver as they attempt to remember how to rebound as a team.

The excuse of playing without Kenyon Martin will expire tonight.  George Karl is on record as saying Kenyon will play 25-30 minutes against the Kings so that should provide a boost to the Nuggets’ hemorrhaging interior defense.

The Nuggets are riding a season high nine game home winning streak and I expect them to come out of the gate fired up and basically pile drive the Kings tonight.  The Nuggets can taste the post season and have had a few days of rest since the Lakers game. 

Denver Nuggets Game Notes – The Nuggets have not won three games in one season against the Kings since the 1992-93 season!  Dang.

Previous Matchups:  Game 21 – Den 118 Sac 85 | Game 43 – Den 118 Sac 99 | Game 64 – Den 106 Sac 114

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Take this with you:  How sweet would it be to have a Hornets win on the scoreboard and the starters waiving towels on the bench during the fourth quarter as the Nuggets wrap up the second seed?

  • sleepydog

    it would be really sweet if the hornets beat the rockets tonight. im gonna be at the nugs game tonight, so thats the exact picture ive had in my head all day.

  • Josh Hopp

    I am sick with worry over this game.

  • BeefySwats

    COME ON NENE WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT

  • BeefySwats

    The division crown is on the line and Kenyon Martin takes a corner three.

    Terrible.

  • BeefySwats

    Nene, two steps from the basket, decides to throw an interior bounce pass in traffic, gets it deflected off his own leg and out of bounds during a fast break.

    Wow.

    Nene’s M.O. lately is to get bullied in the paint, and this is the absolute worst time for that.

  • BeefySwats

    Nice box out Kleiza.

  • Josh Hopp

    Thank science we have taken a narrow lead. Usually in this situation we can get a bit of momentum going against an inferior team.

  • BeefySwats

    Eesh. Dirty dirty game but they are getting into it now.

  • BeefySwats

    That was a goddamn dirty play by Kenyon and he deserved the flagrant 2.

  • Josh Hopp

    Sorry if anyone here is religious but I think JR Smith may be Jesus.

  • Josh Hopp

    Great job everyone!

  • king_couttsy

    Love it – just wish Melo had played a few more minutes to rack up that Triple Double….

    JR Smith – you are The Prodigy. Bring that on a regular basis, and you may just become a star…

    At worst, the 3rd seed is sewn up. Would just love a win in Portland to finish the season off…

  • runningdonut

    Great bench effort as usual.

    I’m really stoked on winning the division. Our guys did it with effort even though were not the most talented defensive team. Props to Portland too, Northwest Division comin’ up!!!

    I still want a win in Portland badly :) I know those guys are going to say we got lucky no matter what, but this team earned it.

  • BeefySwats

    jr was unconscioussssssssssssssssssssssssssssss