With a move to Seattle reportedly on the horizon, the actual games aren’t garnering the attention in Sacramento these days. This faithful fan base has little to rejoice about, as the Kings (13-22) are trudging through another dreadful season, and may be leaving Northern California for good by the 2013-2014 campaign Worse, they’re fresh off a 32-point defeat to the Grizzlies, who beat them by a final of 113-81 on Monday night.
The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, aren’t having a much better season than the Kings. The Mavericks (13-23), have lost 10 of their past 11 games, which includes three overtime defeats. Perhaps the Kings will run on Dallas, as they played last night against the Clippers.
Darren Collison scored 22 points for Dallas on Wednesday. Despite taking a three-point lead into the fourth quarter, turnovers and a lack of rebounding doomed the Mavericks of a rare road win, as they’re 5-16 on the road this season.
Also, the Mavericks are 2-7 on back-to-backs this season.
Dirk Nowitzki, who’s finally beginning to hit his stride (18.5 points per game over his last four games), may show some signs of fatigue tonight, as he still isn’t 100 percent, and back-to-backs rarely benefit declining veterans.
The Kings, who are a much better 10-8 at home, lost to the Brooklyn Nets by 20 points on Saturday. Tyreke Evans’ return has sparked some life, but he’s slowly working back into the midst of the game, and suggesting that he will be at 100 percent soon would be going out on a limb.
The Mavericks, however, always seem to play well against the Kings. Losers of their last four games, Dallas has won 20 of their past 23 games against the Kings, and their core—Mayo, Kaman and Collison— shredded Sacramento up for 51 points on December 10th.