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Sacramento faces conference rival Denver

February 5, 2021 GMT

Denver Nuggets (12-9, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (10-11, 11th in the Western Conference)

Sacramento; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings host Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.

The Kings are 4-9 in Western Conference games. Sacramento allows the most points in the Western Conference, giving up 118.8 points and is allowing opponents to shoot 48.2%.

The Nuggets have gone 9-8 against Western Conference opponents. Denver ranks sixth in the Western Conference with 45 rebounds per game led by Jokic averaging 11.7.

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The teams meet for the third time this season. The Kings won 125-115 in the last meeting on Dec. 29. Fox led Sacramento with 24 points, and Michael Porter Jr. led Denver with 30 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Fox leads the Kings scoring 22.3 points per game, and is averaging 3.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists. Buddy Hield is averaging 17.7 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 40.3% over the last 10 games for Sacramento.

Jokic is averaging 26.1 points and 11.7 rebounds for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray is averaging 18.2 points and five rebounds while shooting 43.1% over the last 10 games for Denver.

LAST 10 GAMES: Kings: 5-5, averaging 113.3 points, 42.6 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 6.9 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 48.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.3 points on 46.8% shooting.

Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 114.4 points, 48.5 rebounds, 26.3 assists, 9.1 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.7 points on 47.0% shooting.

INJURIES: Kings: DaQuan Jeffries: out (left ankle).

Nuggets: Greg Whittington: out (knee), PJ Dozier: out (hamstring), Gary Harris: out (left adductor).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.