December 18, 2016, 9:37 am
Following a strong win against the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night, the Sacramento King will look to keep their strong play going against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon.
The Kings will be playing their second game of the season against the Mavericks, and the team would be very happy to see a repeat of their last game against this team, which ended in a 120-89 victory for Sacramento. Dallas has struggled to a 6-20 record this season, so there is reason to believe that the Kings can come out of this one with another win.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- The Kings were able to hold Harrison Barnes to just 11 points in over 32 minutes in their last matchup, and keeping him quiet should be a good recipe for success for this team. With Dirk Nowitzki struggling with injuries this season, Barnes has emerged as the team’s primary scorer, and for good reason. He can get hot in a hurry, but Sacramento has shown that they have some idea of how to stop him.
- The Kings have struggled to defend the perimeter this season, and the backcourt combination of Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews was able to take advantage of that. Williams scored 20 points and notched six assists, while Matthews scored 16 in the game. The team will want to make an effort to watch these two early, as both are very talented scorers at their respective positions.
- The Kings struggled offensively against Memphis, shooting under 40% in the game. The team was carried by a great effort of the defensive end, but they will want to work on their offensive efficiency moving forward. The team has seen major improvements on the defensive end, but they will want to address their offensive struggles as soon as possible.
Sacramento enters the game with a 10-16 record on the season, so the team will need to start stringing wins together to approach a .500 record. Dallas has been one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, so this game should be a good opportunity to get their second win in a row.