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The Sacramento Kings are looking to get back on track on their home floor against the Dallas Mavericks.
Mavs stumbling south quickly
Heading into the season, there was plenty of hope that the Mavericks could take some significant steps forward toward moving into playoff contention. However, this hasn’t exactly come into fruition this year as they have struggled to find any type of fluidity on the court. This has especially been the case in the last 10 games falling nine times during this season including their past two consecutive contests. All of this has seemingly pushed them out of playoff contention entirely as they have already been eliminated from that possibility currently holding the second-worst mark in the Western Conference in the process. It has been a discouraging stretch of games that have made it more difficult for them find any time of consistent footing even with the playoffs now being out of the question for the rest of the year.
LUKA TWO-HAND SLAM! pic.twitter.com/5Qq4Si74hw
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 21, 2019
However, rookie forward Luka Doncic has continued to be a promising player on the court as the year has worn on. He’s averaging a team-best and rookie-high 21.1 points along with 7.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per contest while shooting 43.0 percent from the floor and 33.5 percent from beyond the arc. This saw Doncic notch eight games with at least 30 points along with scoring 20 or more points 38 times, 19 double-doubles and five triple-doubles in the process. Doncic has continued to rack up strong performances and has been their primary bright spot on the floor in the process. This trend will have to remain the same on the road against the Kings if they hope to get out of their recent funk and work past their season-long woes away from the American Airlines Center as they currently hold a 6-29 mark on the road.
Kings showing promise
Although the Kings have stumbled a bit out of the playoff picture over the last couple of weeks, it hasn’t deterred what has been a highly encouraging campaign for the team. They have continued to take steps forward while their young core group has shown much promise in the process. There is much reason for optimism well beyond this season given the growth that their young talent has shown throughout the year. This charge has been led by the play of their backcourt duo of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield each showing significant progress in their play on the court alongside each showcasing that the future is bright in Sacramento. They have each been putting together career-best campaigns that have led the Kings to hold the ninth-highest scoring offense at 114.9 points per contest while also being ninth shooting 47.2 percent from the floor.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 20, 2019
Fox is putting together an impressive campaign as he’s averaging 17.6 points, 7.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. This has made him one of three players in the league averaging at least 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.65 steals per game this season alongside the likes of two former league MVPs in James Harden and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Meanwhile, Fox also ranks ninth in assists and eighth in steals per contest. Hield hasn’t been outdone as he’s averaging a career-high 20.7 points per game this season, which currently stands as the 27th best scoring average in the league. This has seen him become one of the best marksmen from distance as well as he’s 42.8 percent from beyond the arc, which is the sixth-best mark. If he can push that percentage above 43.0, he would become just the fourth player in NBA history to average 7.0 or more attempts from 3-point range while hitting at the rate that would put him alongside Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson. With the Kings being led by their dynamic backcourt, it should push them past the struggling Mavericks on Thursday night.
- Kings are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss.
- Kings are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against Southwest division opponents.
- Kings are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss.
- Mavericks are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 contests when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Mavericks are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win.
- Mavericks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Kings may have stumbled a bit over the last couple of weeks, but this is a chance for them to get back on track to keep their bleak playoff hopes alive. Their dynamic backcourt should be able to push them back on track against the Mavericks on their home floor. Keep in mind, the Dallas is 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings against Sacramento.
Prediction: Sacramento -8.5
Full-Game Total Pick
There should be plenty of scoring between both sides with each possessing young promising talent. The Mavericks should be able to tee off on the Kings’ porous defense. Meanwhile, Sacramento has continued to remain as one of the highest-scoring teams in the league.
Prediction: Over 229.5