The Dallas Mavericks begin a two-game set in the California capital against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 29. It is the final two games of the calendar year for Dallas, and superstar Luka Doncic will at least miss Wednesday’s game as he remains in the health and safety protocols.
The Mavs brought Reggie Bullock off the list and added two more players on Dec. 29. They have been hit hard with COVID issues, but continue to battle through games. Dallas currently has seven players out in the health and safety protocols, and they continue to add people daily.
Sacramento is fighting hard to make the play-in tournament, and the Kings will be no easy matchup for the shorthanded Mavericks. Here is a look at how fans can watch, the injury report, and more on Wednesday’s game.
Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings: How to watch
Start time: 9:30 p.m. CT or 10:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: NBA TV (national), Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavericks local market), NBC Sports California (Sacramento local market)
Watch online: NBA TV
Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings: Injury report
Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Trey Burke, Boban Marjanovic, JaQuori McLaughlin, and Brandon Knight are out in the health and safety protocols for Dallas. Willie Cauley-Stein remains away from the team as he deals with a personal matter, which makes eight Mavericks sidelined as they face the Kings.
Sacramento will be without Neemias Querta (health and safety), but he is the only player on the Kings injury report.
Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the shorthanded Mavs are 1.0 favorites over the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday night, and they are minus-120 on the moneyline as the over/under of the game sits at 219.5.
The Mavericks over/under is 111.0, which they have topped in two straight contests.
Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings predictions
The Kings won all three meetings against the Mavericks last season, but Dallas turned the tide in the opening battle this year. Sacramento is going to struggle to slow down Kristaps Porzingis as the Mavericks pick up a hard-fought road win behind the Unicorn's 27 points.
Jalen Brunson produces a double-double in the victory as the game goes just under 219 points. Expect the Mavericks to cover the spread in a fun back and forth game.
There will be no Luka Doncic tonight, but the 22-year-old could be back soon. Be sure to tune in to see if the Dallas Mavericks can make it two straight wins without their superstar on Wednesday night, and check back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the team.