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#549 Sacramento Kings 216 vs.
#550 Dallas Mavericks -7.5
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Written by Blake V.

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The Dallas Mavericks will look to extend its five-game winning streak when they host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Dallas has won 10 of its last 11 games, including a 130-84 drubbing of the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. Sacramento enters Sunday’s game on a three-game losing streak.

Sacramento dealing with key injuries

Sacramento is 8-13 this season, which puts the Kings near the bottom of the NBA’s Western Conference. The Kings are coming into this game on a three-game losing streak, dropping contests to Chicago, Portland and San Antonio. Sacramento held a nine-point lead with under two minutes to play in regulation against the Spurs, but San Antonio rallied to win the game in overtime. The Kings missed four shots on their final possession of overtime. San Antonio outscored Sacramento 11-2 in the final 1:50 of regulation, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in the contest.

The Kings are led by guard Buddy Hield, who is scoring 21.0 points per game. The former Oklahoma standout is adding 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He is shooting 35.5 percent from the 3-point line, hitting 78 of 220 attempts. Starting point guard De’Aaron Fox is rehabbing his left ankle. He has missed the last 11 games and will be re-evaluated in several weeks. Fox is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 18.2 points per game. Forward Harrison Barnes is scoring 16.5 points per game. Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic returned from a right knee contusion to score nine points against the Spurs on Friday night. Former No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley has been cleared to resume basketball activities after missing the last 19 games with a broken thumb, but he is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Mavericks gunning for sixth straight victory

Dallas improved to 16-6 on the season with a blowout win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday afternoon. The win marked the third victory of the season against the Pelicans, taking both games in New Orleans to go along with Saturday's win in Dallas. The Mavericks started the season slowly, winning just two of its first five games. However, Dallas has now won five games in a row and has picked up victories in 10 of its last 11 contests. The Mavericks put an end to the Los Angeles Lakers' 10-game winning streak last Sunday, before beating New Orleans two night later. Dallas had no problem with the Pelicans on Saturday, putting up 104 points by the end of the third quarter.

The Mavericks are led by standout guard Luka Doncic, who is scoring 30.3 points per game. He does more than just score the rock, though, adding 10.1 rebounds and 9.2 assists per outing. Doncic is currently third in the NBA in points per game. Forward Kristaps Porzingis is adding 16.8 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game. Forward Dwight Powell returned from a wrist injury on Saturday. He is scoring 8.5 points per game and grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and guard J.J. Barea are also scoring in double figures, with Hardaway scoring 12.4 points per game and Barea adding 10.8 points per contest.

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The Kings have been dealing with injuries, but the market continues to over-adjust to those injuries. Sacramento got its fourth-leading scorer back when Bogdan Bogdanovich returned from an injury on Friday night. He should play a bigger role on Sunday, as he has had a few more days to recover. Dallas is now overpriced in the market due to its recent winning streak. Sacramento has covered in 13 of its last 16 games, so I expect that to continue on Sunday night.

Prediction: Sacramento

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The Mavericks’ games have been flying over the total of late. Dallas has seen four of its last five games go over the number, and there is no reason for that trend to stop here. Sacramento got a big scoring boost back in the lineup with Bogdanovich returning, which will help push this game over. These teams have seen 18 of the last 26 head-to-head meetings go over the number. Sacramento plays the second-slowest pace in the NBA, but the Kings are No. 16 in 3-point makes, which helps take games over the total.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.