• With just two games remaining before the All-Star break, the Kings look to close the first portion of the season on a winning note.

    The last time Sacramento faced the Mavericks, an all-out collapse in the fourth quarter cost them what could have been a win. After leading 85-84 heading into the final period, the Kings watched the Mavericks reel off 13 straight points to take a 97-85 lead.

    The Kings didn’t make their first bucket in the fourth until a De’Aaron Fox jumper ended the drought with 6:08 left to play in regulation. Fox finished the game with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

    Heading to Dallas, Sacramento is once again on the heels of a blowout fourth quarter. The Kings led the Timberwolves on Sunday 80-75 after three quarters, but gave up 36 points to Minnesota as they ended up dropping their second-straight game.

    The Kings played right alongside the talented Timberwolves team for almost the entire game, but ultimately 19 turnovers and a lack of defensive ability caught up to Sacramento as they fell to 17-38 on the season.

    Fox, once again, was the team’s leading scorer and had 23 points on the night. Buddy Hield added 16 points off the bench in only 19 minutes for the Kings

    For the 18-39 Mavericks, they come into the game having lost three of their last four. Dallas’ defense has been one of their weak points all season and during their recent stretch of contests, they’ve allowed 113 points per game to their opponents. The Mavericks last held a team to under 100 points when they faced the Kings earlier this month. On the season, they’re allowing 104.3 points per matchup.

    The Kings are still one of the worst defensive teams in the league in their own right and give up 106.8 points per game to their opponents.

    While last game the story was the battle of rookies Dennis Smith Jr. and Fox, it was Yogi Ferrell who put his stamp on the game as he knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter rally for Dallas. Ferrell finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting in that victory. Smith Jr finished the game with 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting but also dropped five rebounds and five assists.

    Harrison Barnes led all scorers in the game with 18 points the last time the teams met. The Kings will need to limit their opponent’s big quarters if they hope to pull out a victory in the first game of a back-to-back in Texas.

    PROBABLE STARTERS

    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic 

    SF – Justin Jackson 

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Garrett Temple  (mouth) – PROBABLE

    Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT

    Harry Giles (knees) – OUT

    Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT

    Frank Mason (heel) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. ET)

    Where: NBCS California

Fantasy News

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dwight Howard has agreed with the Grizzlies on a buyout, and will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.

    The Lakers are giving Howard an opportunity to be fantasy relevant. When given minutes, Dwight can produce double-doubles with the best of them, but he has been changing teams for years now. He will be worth a gamble at the end of your draft if camp with the Lakers goes well, but this is a non-guaranteed deal, and he only played nine games last season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Marcus Derrickson
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Marcus Derrickson to an Exhibit 10 contract on Friday.

    It looks like Derrickson will be a G-League option for the Hawks, so there's nothing to see here. At one point he was competing for the last roster spot on the team. We don't need to keep of track of every computer-generated player.

    Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter

  • Marreese Speights
    C, Free Agent

    Marreese Speights will work out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopshype.

    Speights spent last year playing in China and will attempt his NBA comeback with the Lakers. who are in desperate need of an additional center. He is among three centers the Lakers are looking into, the others being Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah. Of those three, Speights unquestionably has the best floor spacing ability, which would be his strongest bet to eke out those other two for the job.

    Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter

  • Trevor Booker
    PF, International

    Trevor Booker has worked out for the Nuggets and has workouts planned with the Bucks and Clippers, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.

    Booker was out of the NBA in 2018-19, spending the season in China after he didn't get any offers in free agency. He did return to the US to undergo a procedure on his foot but is apparently fully recovered. The last time we saw Booker he split 68 games between the Nets, Sixers and Pacers in 2017-18. If he does make a successful comeback he'll have no fantasy relevance.

    Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter

  • John Henson
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    In a recent Q & A on Cleveland.com, beat writer Chris Fedor said that the Cavs are "excited" to have a healthy John Henson.

    Henson underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist last November and missed the rest of the season. He was limited to 14 games with Milwaukee before getting traded to the Cavs, averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 13.4 minutes per game. The Cavs do have a crowded rotation at center with Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. all candidates to see minutes, but Henson gives them an element of rim protection and could factor in. He's a name to remember for deep-league owners hunting blocks.

    Source: Cleveland.com

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) will reportedly be "good to go" for the start of training camp in October.

    Well, this is good news that we didn't hope we would need. Covington played 35 games last year and couldn't get over the bone bruise injury that kept him out for a majority of the year. We expected him to be ready to go, and the fact that we're even discussing this is slightly less than ideal.

    Source: Dane Moore on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.

    Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.

    Source: Boston.com Celtics News on Twitter

  • Isaiah Canaan
    PG, International

    Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.

    The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.

    Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.