Game 48 Preview: Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings

Dirk Nowitzki rises up for a jumper against Jason Thompson. (Photo: Kimani David)


Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (17-30)

PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Dallas Mavericks Probable Starters (33-18)

PG: J.J. Barea
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Chandler Parsons
PF: Al-Farouq Aminu
C: Tyson Chandler


Three things to ponder

1. No Rondo, no problem

With or without Rajon Rondo (face), the Mavericks are an offensive juggernaut. They’re second in the NBA in field goals and points per game and record the third-fewest turnovers as well. Dallas boasts nice depth at the point with J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton, and a matchup with the Kings’ dysfunctional defense doesn’t fare well for Sacramento.

2. Board meeting

Apart from Tyson Chandler, who averages 12 rebounds per game, the Mavericks are a mediocre rebounding team. They’re particularly weak protecting the offensive glass, where they surrender the second-most careens in the league, so DeMarcus Cousins and crew need to fight for second chances.

3. 48-minute effort

A 23-0 run by the Warriors on Tuesday epitomized the Kings’ lack of consistency for a full game this season. Sacramento can’t afford an uninspired stretch playing one of the Western Conference’s finest basketball clubs.

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About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.