The Sacramento Kings have had seen their season turned upside down for the majority of their current campaign. The Kings have made strides as a team, and have shown on several occasions just how goo they could be and how they are capable of playing when they play together.
Tonight they play a Mavericks team they have had particular trouble with in recent years, losing 14 of their last 15 games. The Kings came close in their last effort in Sacramento losing in overtime 117-112.
The Kings will need to take advantage of the Mavericks playing in the second of back to back games, and the third game in four nights. The Mavericks will be looking to maintain their chance of sneaking into the eighth and final spot of the Western Conference playoffs. The Lakers are 3 games ahead of the MAvericks, who haven’t missed the playoffs since 2000.
Sacramento will need more bench scoring tonight if they will hope to keep pace with the up-tempo Mavericks. The Kings will look to several Key bench players to play key roles tonight.
The Kings have allowed the Mavericks to score an average of 119.7 points against them this season, and will need to find a way to slow O.J. Mayo, Vince Carter, and Dirk Nowitzki if they hope to keep things close.
The Kings will need a complete effort tonight and cannot afford to come out slow. Isaiah Thomas, John Salmons Tyreke Evans, and Demarcus Cousins need to take it upon themselves to find each other, and their teammates early and often if they want to keep pace with the high scoring Mavericks offense.