Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks
NBA: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 8:30 PM EST
The Kings had their three-game losing streak snapped in their last game falling to the team with the best record in the league in the Milwaukee Bucks. They had played solid defense in the streak before giving up 123 points in the loss to Milwaukee. Sacramento has the fourth-fewest wins in the Western Conference and they are six games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Mavericks have been in a little funk as of late and they have lost three of their last four games. The team recently made a move signing the #2 overall pick from 2012 in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist after his buyout with the Charlotte Hornets. He only averaged 4 ppg this season but Dallas is hoping his solid wing defense can help a team that ranks 16th in the league in opponents’ ppg. The Mavs are in the seventh spot in the West one half-game back of Oklahoma City. The big question for this game is will Dallas star Luca Doncic get back on the court after missing the last several games with an ankle injury?
These two teams have split the two games against each other this season with each winning on the road.
Not the Same DIn their last game, the Kings lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 123-111 and this was after winning three in a row where they only gave up an average of 102.7 ppg. They were in the game until the fourth quarter when they were outscored by 14 points and in the game, they shot 41.6% from the floor allowing Milwaukee to shoot 44.8%.
Buddy Hield (20.4 ppg) leads the Kings in scoring on the season and after totaling 52 points in two games he only had 15 in the loss to the Bucks. Harrison Barnes (14.7 ppg) was the high scorer for Sacto in the loss to Milwaukee going for 23 points and he went for 25 points in his previous game. 2018 first-round draft pick (#2 overall) Marvin Bagley III (14.2 ppg 7.5 rpg) has a foot injury and he is out until after the All-Star Break. On the season the Kings are 10-17 on the road and the team is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games facing the Mavs.
Late Run Not EnoughThe Mavericks were at home in their last game losing to the Utah Jazz 123-119 where they had a valiant effort but could not come back from a 21-point halftime lead. The team shot a decent 47% from the field but their D was not there allowing Utah to shoot 59% from the floor.
Star second-year guard Luka Doncic missed the game against the Jazz and has missed seven in a row with an ankle injury. He may be cleared for this game, but I would be surprised if he was back in the lineup before the All-Star break this weekend. Kristaps Porzingis (18.2 ppg 9 rpg) has picked up the scoring slack with Doncic outscoring at least 28 points in four of his last five games. Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.7 ppg) blew up for 33 points in the loss to the Jazz after going for 14 points in his previous game.
Dallas has been great on the road this season (18-8) but they are only a .500 team at home (14-14).
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