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Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs vs. Kings

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks face the Sacramento Kings for the first time this season on Sunday night. The two teams match up three times over the next two weeks. Luka Doncic will be looking to get off to a hot start and lead the Mavs to a victory on April 18.

The Kings have lost nine straight and fallen five games out of the play-in tournament. De’Aaron Fox will be looking to get his team back on track against Dallas, but it will be no easy task. The Mavericks are hoping to move up and avoid the play-in tournament, so there is plenty on the line on Sunday night.

Here is a closer look at how and what to watch for as the Mavs face the Kings.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings: How to watch

Start time: 6:30 p.m. CT or 7:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: NBA TV (national), Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), NBC Sports California (Sacramento market)

Watch online: NBA TV

Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings injury updates

The Mavs will be without Tyrell Terry (personal) against the Kings. The rookie has not played for the Mavericks since Jan. 29. He is Dallas’ only player listed on the NBA’s official injury report.

The Kings will be without Marvin Bagley III (hand) and Richaun Holmes (hamstring) in Dallas. They are the only two players listed on Sacramento’s injury report.

Fans should be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for any late-breaking injury news.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings storyline to follow: Luka dominates the Kings

The Mavericks won three of four games against the Kings last season. Superstar Luka Doncic dominated including producing two monster triple-doubles. In his four games versus the Kings, the Mavs superstar averaged 29.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 11.3 assists a night last season. Sacramento could not slow him down.

Can Doncic stay hot against the Kings? The Dallas Mavericks need to win if they have any chance of avoiding the play-in tournament. Expect Luka and his team to come out hot on Sunday night. The Mavs may need another miracle from their superstar. Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, so please tune in and enjoy the game.

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