Dallas Mavericks

Game plan: Mavericks go on road to face struggling Sacramento Kings

Rajon Rondo, falling in a loose-ball scramble, leads the NBA in assists, but he and the Sacramento Kings are reeling.
Rajon Rondo, falling in a loose-ball scramble, leads the NBA in assists, but he and the Sacramento Kings are reeling. AP

Mavericks at Kings

9 p.m. Monday, Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, Calif.

TV: FSSW Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM: ESPN Deportes/1540 AM (Spanish)

Records: Mavs 10-7, Kings 6-12

About the Mavs: Playing with a strong defensive front, the Mavs snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday when they upended the Denver Nuggets 91-82. The Mavs outscored the Nuggets in the third quarter 25-5. It was the fewest points the Mavs have allowed an opponent in any quarter in team history. ... This is the first of a two-game road trip, and the opener of a back-to-back. The Mavs play in Portland on Tuesday, return home to host Houston on Friday, and then go on another two-game road trip that starts Dec. 6 in Washington. ...The Mavs are 2-2 in the opener of back-to-backs.

About the Kings: Although former Mavs point guard Rajon Rondo is having a banner season, the Kings have not been able to turn his success into victories. ... Sacramento has lost five of its past seven games. That includes Saturday’s 120-101 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. ... Kings center DeMarcus Cousins averages 27.9 points per game, 11.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. ... Rondo averages 12.4 ppg, leads the league in assists (11.0) and is 15th in steals (1.8). He also is shooting 35.7 percent from 3-point range. ... Forward Rudy Gay is averaging 18.4 points.

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