The Dallas Mavericks (26-21) host the Sacramento Kings (15-30) at 7:30 pm CT.
The Mavericks are coming off a 117-115 loss to the Houston Rockets in which All-Star Dirk Nowitzki finished with 38 points and 17 rebounds.
Quick Hits for the Mavs-Kings game
Flashback: The Kings embarrassed the Mavs in Sacramento in their last matchup 112-97. DeMarcus Cousins (32), Derrick Williams (31), and Isaiah Thomas (24) lit up the Mavs defense. This was also the first game the Kings played post Rudy Gay trade. Gay was not active for this game.
Boogy Cousins: The Mavs had no answer inside for him in their last meeting. To go along with his 32 points he also had 19 rebounds. Cousins has been out with an ankle injury so his status for this game is still up in the air. The Kings have lost 5 straight game with their star player sidelined.
D in Dallas?: Will the Mavericks be able to show any sign of life on defense? The Kings have Cousins, Thomas, Gay, Williams, Marcus Thornton, and Carl Landry who can all have big games. If the Mavs don’t bring it on the defensive side, the Kings can be in for another high scoring night.
Support: While Nowitzki was putting up 38 and 17 the rest of the starters combined for just 22 points. With the lack of defense the starting unit supplies as a whole, an off-night on offense will most likely result in a Mavs loss.
Bench Surging: Behind Devin Harris and Vince Carter the Mavs bench has been performing at a high level. In the last three games the bench has averaged 49 points. The Mavs need the bench to continue giving them a boost.