The Dallas Mavericks (4-3), coming off a disappointing performance Sunday night against Miami, will look to get back into the win column against the vastly improved Sacramento Kings (5-2). Despite losing a dud in Oklahoma City Sunday night, the Kings have taken down some powerhouses from the Western Conference: LA Clippers, Portland Trailblazers, and Phoenix Suns. The Mavericks have won their last 20 against the Kings at home, which is definitely a statistic worth noting, but it’s also to important to take into consideration this is a Kings squad who believes in what they are doing, and will be looking to continue to make their presence felt.
Mavs Projected Starters
PG: Jameer Nelson
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Chandler Parsons
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: Tyson Chandler
Kings Projected Starters
PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Can Parsons Get His Groove Back?
After shooting 2-10 in the opener in San Antonio, Chandler Parsons shot 53% in his next four games, making that opener seem like nothing more than season opening jitters. In the Mavericks last two games, however, he has shot just 2-20(10%), and has some Mavericks fans starting to worry about the huge investment they made in the off-season. This happens sometimes with new faces in new places, and usually irons itself out, and I think tonight is the night Parsons begins to take another step forward. If he continues to let his game come to him, this high powered offense will find it’s groove again.
Clean The Glass
The Kings rank #1 in the league in rebounding at a rate of 47.4 boards per game. The Mavericks will have to find a way to limit extra possessions, and it starts with big man Tyson Chandler. He will have the honor of facing off against DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best big men in the game. We have had our share of frustrations and outrageous behavior in games with Cousins, but when he’s under control, he can put up big numbers, which is evident from his 23 points and 11 rebounds a game this season.
Dirk Nowitzki Points Watch
Dirk Nowitzki heads into tonight’s game 17 points away from passing Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon (26,946 points) for the 9th spot on the NBA All-Time Scoring List. I figure Dirk could pass Hakeem by the end of the 1st Half, but sometime in the 3rd period seems more realistic. Nowitzki would become the highest scoring international player of all time as well. Once he passes Olajuwon, he will turn his attention to Elvin Hayes (27,313) and Moses Malone (27,409).
Chandler & Chandler: Maverick Justice
Tonight’s game tips off at 7:30 CT at the American Airlines Center and can be seen on FSSW.
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