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Kings vs. Denver Nuggets at a glance

Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives past Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, left, on Jan. 25 2016, in Denver.
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives past Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, left, on Jan. 25 2016, in Denver. The Associated Press

Kings vs. Nuggets

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Sleep Train Arena
  • When: Friday, 7 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 22-31, Nuggets 22-32

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Early energy: The Kings have given up at least 30 points in the first quarter of their past nine games and trailed entering the second quarter each time. Starting slowly again at home could rile up fans, who have booed bad efforts by the team.
  • 2. Protect the paint: Nuggets rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay cannot have a clear path to the basket all night. Kings guards must be solid defending the ball and help-defense has to be ready.
  • 3. 25 or less: If the Kings can keep the Nuggets to 25 points or fewer per quarter, they should be in position to win. Sacramento has given up 109.1 points per game, the most in the NBA.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

3

Marco Belinelli

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

41

Willie Cauley-Stein

PF

00

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Nuggets

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Emmanuel Mudiay

PG

14

Gary Harris

SG

8

Danilo Gallinari

SF

35

Kenneth Faried

PF

15

Nikola Jokic

C

Jason Jones

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