Dallas Mavericks

GameDay: Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings

Dallas Mavericks, from left, Devin Harris, Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler are looking for answers to their most recent games, blowout losses to the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers.
Dallas Mavericks, from left, Devin Harris, Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler are looking for answers to their most recent games, blowout losses to the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers. AP

Mavericks at Kings

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

TV: FSSW Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN Deportes 1540 AM (Sp.)

Records: Kings 16-21; Mavs 26-12

About the Mavs: They come in off their third two-game losing streak of the season, but have not lost three in a row this season. ... Dallas followed last Wednesday’s 108-95 loss at home to the Detroit Pistons with an equally embarrassing 120-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. The Clippers game was the first of a three-game road trip which ends Wednesday in Denver before the Mavs make it back home to host Denver on Friday. … The Mavs continue to talk about improving their rebound production, but they’re not where they want to be at this point of the season. … The Mavs are 7-4 since the arrival of point guard Rajon Rondo in a trade with the Boston Celtics. On Monday, coach Rick Carlisle talked about loosening the reins on Rondo. … The Mavs beat the Kings 106-98 on Nov. 11 in Dallas.

About the Kings: A quick glance of the Kings and one would think they’re struggling. But this is not a team to be taken lightly. Especially since the Kings come into the game as winners in two of their last three games. That includes Wednesday’s 104-83 blowout victory over Oklahoma City, which had Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant at the time. The Kings held Westbrook to 10 points on 3-of-19 shooting and forced him into seven turnovers. … The Kings like to run the ball and are 11th in the NBA in scoring (102.2 points). However, they don’t defend very well and are 26th in points allowed (103.7). … But the Kings are one of the league’s top rebounding teams. They average 44.5 per game, eighth in the NBA. … DeMarcus Cousins averages 23.9 points and 12.3 rebounds, Rudy Gay is averages 20.8 points, and Darren Collison averages 16.6 points and 6.0 assists.

— Dwain Price

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