The Sacramento Kings look to extend their current three-game win streak, as they prepare to take on the Dallas Mavericks tonight. The Kings hope to regain the services of Tyreke Evans tonight who has said he would be ready to play tonight. They have not listed Evans as tonight’s starter going with veteran small forward Francisco Garcia. Garcia has played solid minutes in his last two starts for the Kings after being a bench regular.
The Kings will need John Salmons and Demarcus Cousins to continue their solid play during this recent win streak. Salmons scored 19 points and had 11 assists in their last victory in Portland, and has been embracing the role as the teams veteran leader. The Kings hope to get another big game from Demarcus Cousins who has had a double double in each of the Kings last three victories.
While Marcus Thornton has been quiet during this recent winning streak, and if the Kings are without Tyreke Evans this evening, they will need Thornton to step up and score as he has shown he can.
The Kings don’t exactly have history on their side as they enter tonight’s ball game. They have lost 11 of their last 12 meetings against the Mavericks, and haven’t won in Dallas since the 2004 playoff series. They have lost an overall 20 of their laast 21 meetings against the Mavericks.
The Kings will need to be active on the defensive end, and do everything they can to slow down O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman. O. J. Mayo has surfaced as the Mavericks leading scorer, and most versatile player during the absence of Dirk Nowitzki. They will need to do everything they can to slow Mayo down. Cousins shouldn’t have too many problems dealing with Kaman tonight as the Mavericks big man is dealing with an ankle injury, and will be much slower than normal.
If the Kings hope to win they must be active in the open court and convert Dallas turnovers into fast break points. If they shoot in the low 40 percent range for their field goals, they will need another stellar performance on the defensive end tonight. The Kings scored a season highs 30 points off turnovers against Portland.
No. Player Position
3 Aaron Brooks G
5 John Salmons G
32 Francisco Garcia F
34 Jason Thompson F
15 DeMarcus Cousins C
No. Player Position
6 Derek Fisher G
32 O.J. Mayo G
30 Dahntay Jones F
34 Brandan Wright F
35 Chris Kaman C