Mavericks at Kings
9 p.m. Thursday, Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, Calif.
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)
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Records: Mavericks 33-17; Kings 17-30
About the Mavs: Dallas plays the finale of a two-game road trip, then hosts a three-game homestand before resting for the All-Star break. ... Dallas entertains Portland on Saturday, the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday and Utah on Wednesday. ... The Mavs are 2-0 against the Kings this season. They beat the Kings in Dallas 106-98 on Nov. 11 behind 23 points and seven rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki. And they defeated the Kings in Sacramento 108-104 in overtime on Jan. 13 behind 28 points and 10 assists from Monta Ellis. ... The Mavs are 18-9 on the road.
About the Kings: This has been another dreadful season for the Kings. Sacramento is 10-16 at home and appears headed to another NBA Draft Lottery. ... The Kings have lost nine of their last 10 games. The lone win came Saturday when Sacramento defeated the Pacers in Indiana 99-94 behind 31 points from Rudy Gay, 23 points from Darren Collison, and 20 points and 19 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins. ... The good news is that Cousins will represent the Kings in the Feb. 15 All-Star Game in New York. Cousins averages 23.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. ... Gay is averaging 20.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.
— Dwain Price