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 injuriesSacramento 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 victoryDallas 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.
- 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games overall
- 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games playing on one day of rest
- 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games
- 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400