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SACRAMENTO -- The Kings host the Mavericks looking to win consecutive games for the first time since November.
Dallas (26-12) has a major addition in point guard Rajon Rondo, who was a Celtic on Nov. 11 when the Mavs rallied from a 24-point deficit to defeat Sacramento 106-98 at American Airlines Center.
The Kings (16-21) are 2-1 on the current six-game homestand while the Mavericks had won six straight before dropping their last two games.
Mavs by 4.5
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Darren Collison vs Rajon Rondo -- Collison, the “provocateur” is shooting 58.2 percent from the floor in his last eight games and will need to contain Rondo to prevent the Mavs offense from percolating.
1. Systemic defense –- Without having a Top 10 scorer in the league, Dallas is second in the NBA in scoring and in field goal percentag, averaging 109 points per game and shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. Dallas has multiple weapons in addition to Rondo -- Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler -- that Sacramento must contain.
2. No second chances –- The Kings continue to lead the league in rebound margin at plus-4.6 while the Mavs are tied for 15th averaging 10.8 offensive rebounds per game. Sacramento simply cannot fuel a potent Dallas offense by allowing put-back opportunities.
3. Game plan discipline –- The Kings led by 24 points in Dallas and let it slip away on Nov 11. Championship caliber teams like the Mavs will smell a lull and expose you. The Kings need to focus for as close to 48 minutes as possible.
Kings –- F Omri Casspi (left knee bone contusion), G Ramon Sessions (low back strain) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out.
Mavericks -- None to report.
Tuesday is the second of three meetings between Sacramento and Dallas this season.
The Mavs took last season’s series 3-1 and lead the overall series 88-62, including 71-49 in the Sacramento era.
Kings forward Jason Thompson on a defensive mindset: “I think that’s why we had the start that we did (9-6). If we have that mentality, the sky's the limit for our team.”