The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for a Western Conference clash between Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks.
12:00 (AEST), Tue 27th Apr @ Golden 1 Center
History: Played 187: Mavericks 102 V King 85
Last meeting: April 18, 2021: Kings 121 d Mavericks 107 at American Airlines Center
Final Thoughts: Dallas Mavericks are out to avenge their recent home loss to Sacramento Kings – as well as consolidating their place in the Western Conference’s top six.
The Kings pulled off a 121-107 upset in Dallas a little over a week ago. De’Aaron Fox (30 pts, 12 ast) starred in his duel with Luka Doncic (37 pts, 8 reb).
The Kings have won 11 of their last 17 against the Mavericks, though the Mavs have won three of their last four in Sacramento.
Mavs make their move
After a rough patch Dallas have improved to 33-26 and sixth in the West with three straight wins. Doncic flirted with triple-doubles in victories over the Pistons (37 pts, 10 reb, 9 ast) and Lakers (30 pts, 9 reb, 8 ast), while Dwight Powell (25 pts, 9 reb) stepped up in a subsequent 108-93 thumping of the Lakers two days ago with Luka (18 pts, 8 reb, 13 ast) getting double-teamed.
Kristaps Porzingis missed the second clash with the Lakers and is listed as questionable for this game. Doncic (elbow) is among several other Mavericks questionable with minor injury niggles.
Meanwhile, the Kings will be without leading scorer Fox due to health and safety protocols.
The 24-36 Kings are 12th in the West and six wins off the top-10. Their win in Dallas snapped a nine-game losing streak. Since then they split two games against the lowly Timberwolves before coming up four points short against the Warriors.
Harrison Barnes (23 pts, 7 reb), Buddy Heild (25 pts, 6 reb) and Tyrese Haliburton (24 pts, 8 ast) all contributed strongly at Golden State, but without Fox it’s hard to see the Kings forcing a repeat boilover against a Mavericks outfit who are on a roll.
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