It might just be about playing for pride now. With another devastating loss in Denver, the Dallas Mavericks (36-39) continue on their four-game road trip with a matchup against the Sacramento Kings (27-48). Depending on where you look, Dallas has no better than a 3 percent chance to make the playoffs. They would certainly need to win the rest of their remaining schedule to at least have a chance.
The game will mark the second night of a back-to-back for the Mavericks. They are 2-13 in the first half of a back-to-back and 6-8 in the second half of a back-to-back this season. Dallas is 4-5 this season on the second night of a road-road set of back-to-backs.
Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Kings.
Dallas has won four straight and 14 of the last 15 meetings with Sacramento. The Mavericks have gone 30-6 in the their last 36 games against the Kings. The Mavericks have defeated the Kings three times in 2012-13 and will look to sweep the season series (4-0) with a victory at Sacramento. Two of the Mavericks’ three victories against the Kings this season have come by 23 points (defeated Sacramento 119-96 on Dec. 10, and 123-100 on Feb. 13). The Mavericks have taken five of the last six road meetings with the Kings.
The Mavericks held the Kings to just 60 points on 22-of-86 (.256) shooting in the game at Dallas on Jan. 14, 2012 (defeated Sacramento 99-60), setting new franchise opponent lows for points (was 65 at Minnesota Feb. 27, 2007), field goals made (was 23 at Indiana, 23-67, Dec. 6, 2005) and field goal percentage (was .296, 24-81, at Minnesota Dec. 27, 2007).
The Kings snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Mavericks with a 110-97 win at Sacramento on Mar. 9, 2012. It was their first win over the Mavericks since Jan. 11, 2009 (defeated Dallas 120-95).
Eight players scored in double figures for Dallas in the game against Sacramento on Feb. 6, 2011, marking the first time the Mavericks had eight players in double digits since Apr. 6, 1993.
It’s a Small World:
O.J. Mayo was a high school teammate of Kings big man Patrick Patterson at Huntington High School (Huntington, W.Va.). Kings head coach Keith Smart spent eight seasons in Golden State from 2003-11 (seven seasons as an assistant from 2003-10 and one year as the head coach in 2010-11), where he coached Brandan Wright for three-and-a-half seasons from 2007-11.
Kings player development coach Fat Lever played four seasons for the Mavericks from 1990-94 and averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 116 games. Kings assistant coach Alex English also played one season for the Mavericks in 1990-91 and averaged 9.7 points in 79 games.
Mavericks swingman Vince Carter (Daytona Beach) and Kings guard Toney Douglas (Tampa) were both born in Florida. Douglas (Jonesboro HS in Jonesboro, Ga.), Mavericks
forward Jae Crowder (Villa Rica HS in Villa Rica, Ga.) and Mavericks center Bernard James (Windsor Forest HS in Savannah, Ga.) all attended high school in Georgia.
1. Disposition. Believe it or not, Sacramento leads the entire league in scoring since the All-Star break at 108.1 points per game. Dallas might be down in the dumps with another deflating loss, but they need to bring a stronger effort on the defensive end of the floor.
2. Rebound. Dallas has given up 37 offensive rebounds over their last two games. They have alos allowed 37 second chance points over their last two games. They have allowed at least 10 offensive rebounds in eight straight. In the last eight games they have given up 13.6 offensive rebounds and 24.3 second chance points, on average.
3.Find 41. Dirk went scoreless in the fourth quarter of the game against the Nuggets. Denver was fronting and crowding Dirk heavily in the fourth quarter, causing the Mavericks to have a hard time delivering him the ball. They must ensure he gets his share of touches. More importantly, Dirk needs to command the ball in those situations.
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.