Denver, which has lost 11 of 15 on the road this season, is looking for its first win away from home since a 100-99 victory over the Boston Celtics on Dec. 15. The Nuggets, however, have lost 16 straight in Sacramento since beating the Kings 109-96 on Jan. 7, 1997.
Sacramento is 12-4 at Arco Arena this season, but just 3-3 in its last six games there.
Denver lost its fourth straight and fell for the 10th time in 11 games Sunday, 116-98 to the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center.
Houston jumped out to an early 17-point lead and had some defensive breakdowns to let the Nuggets climb back in the third quarter, but Tracy McGrady scored 20 his 45 points in the fourth to help the Rockets pull away.
“This was frustrating,” Nuggets center Marcus Camby said. “We dug ourselves a hole. That always seems to happen. We can’t be spotting teams 14-, 15-point leads and try to play catch-up.”
It doesn’t get any easier for Denver. Following this visit to Sacramento, the Nuggets return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota this week, and then play seven of their next eight on the road.
“There are a lot of games left,” Cooper said. “We need to somehow manufacture or even steal a win.”
Sacramento concluded a four-game road trip with a 121-117 overtime loss to the lowly New Orleans Hornets on Saturday.
“We tried to fight and hang in there, but they just kept hitting shots,” Bibby said. “I give them credit. … I’m not going to knock how they played or make any excuses for how we played.”
STANDINGS (through Jan. 9): Nuggets - 4th place, 10 1/2 GB, Northwest Division. Kings - 2nd place, 8 GB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Nuggets - Anthony, 21.4 ppg; Camby, 8.6 rpg; Miller, 5.9 apg. Kings - Webber, 20.9 ppg and 9.3 rpg; Bibby, 5.8 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 14; Kings, 101-89. At Sacramento, Calif., Brad Miller had 26 points, including 11 in the third quarter as the Kings stretched their lead to 77-63, and added nine rebounds to pace Sacramento. Anthony led Denver with 28 points.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Nuggets - 4-11 on the road; Kings - 12-4 at home.