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October 22, 2017

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Vegas Play of the Day: Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets

We’re entering the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won the 2015-2016 season, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015. Bern stepped away in the middle of the 2016-2017 season with a 16-12 record and $13,317 bankroll, with Mike Grimala taking his place.

Sacramento Kings plus-3.5 at Denver Nuggets: $330 to win $300

A half game separates these two teams in the standings, and in this case, the records aren’t misleading. The Kings and Nuggets are about as equal as two NBA teams can get.

Under normal circumstances, the home team laying 3.5 points would make perfect sense. But these aren’t normal circumstances.

The Nuggets played Monday night at Golden State, holding their own in a 127-119 loss as 15.5-point underdogs. The Kings haven’t played since New Year’s Eve, a 112-98 defeat to Memphis as 2-point underdogs.

It was their second straight loss, which has coach Dave Joerger threatening some changes in minutes for this game. That could be the spark Sacramento needs.

It’s already got the best player on the floor by far in DeMarcus Cousins. Even the Nuggets’ strong frontcourt can’t contend with him.

They’ll have even more trouble on a night where fatigue should set in.

Current Standings: Keefer (32-23-2, $11,261), Brewer (21-17-1, $10,645), Grimala (2-2, $10,000), Granger (4-8, $6,550)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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