Mavericks vs Kings Live: The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks cap off the first full day of the NBA’s return to full-on games amid the coronavirus outbreak. Friday’s game in the Florida NBA bubble as the final game of a full schedule Friday as the league goes into seeding games ahead of the 2020 playoffs. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis lead the way for the seventh-place Mavericks (40-27) as they take on James Harden and sixth-place Rockets (40-24).
Friday’s game will air on ESPN via your TV provider. If you have a cable subscription, you can watch via WatchESPN. Fans without cable can also watch for free nationally by signing up for a free trial from Hulu + Live TV and Sling. The Hulu trial runs for seven days while the Sling trial runs for three days.
Sacramento has dropped each of its first two games in the NBA’s Orlando restart, and stand 1.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference standings. Back-to-back losses to the Spurs and Orlando Magic have put the Kings in a bind, and they’ll need to stack up some wins in order to climb back up the standings. The Dallas Mavericks are at No. 7 in the West, also in need of a victory after losses to the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns to begin the Orlando restart.
Luke Walton lamented the team’s lackluster effort in a blowout loss to the Magic on Sunday and said he would potentially be making some “changes” to the Kings’ lineup. The Dallas Mavericks who are currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference will hope to beat the twelfth seeded Sacramento Kings to rise in the rankings and get a better first-round match-up in the NBA playoffs. While on the other hand, the Sacramento Kings will hope to win and boost their chances of qualifying for the play-in tournament at the end of the regular season.
The Dallas Mavericks’ start in the NBA bubble has been far from perfect. They had a strong showing in the scrimmages with victories against the Lakers and the 76ers. However, they have since lost both their regular-season games so far against the Rockets and the Suns.
Luka Doncic has been exceptional for the Dallas Mavericks with a triple-double against the Rockets and a 40 point game against the Phoenix Suns. Kristaps Porzingis has also been in great shape with two 30 point games.
Trey Burke’s 31 point blitz with impeccable 3 point shooting against the Rockets has added another sharpshooting option to the Dallas Mavericks. However, they did struggle from beyond the arc in the game against the Suns shooting just 6 of 31 three-pointers.
The Dallas Mavericks have however been inconsistent and have given up big leads down the stretch. They were in great positions to win both games so far but ended up losing the plot in the fourth quarter. They will hope to turn things around in the upcoming game against the Sacramento Kings.
It is safe to say that Luka Doncic is the present and future of the Dallas Mavericks. His presence on the floor guarantees scoring and excellent ball movement from the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic is a walking triple-double machine and is always contributing in some way while being on the floor.
In the previous three games against the Kings this season, he has scored over 20 points and at least 8 assists leading them to two wins in three encounters. His current form has been excellent and his play down the stretch will be key in the upcoming game against the Kings.
The Sacramento Kings have not had a great showing so far in the NBA bubble. With some good contributions from De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic, they came close to beating the San Antonio Spurs but were unable to close the game.
The Sacramento Kings have a strong young lineup with De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield leading the way. However, their star players struggled to get the ball to the basket against the Orlando Magic, and this led to their eventual 116-132 blowout loss. The Kings will hope to get a win against the powerful Dallas Mavericks as they currently languish near the bottom of the rankings among teams in the NBA bubble. They will need to win more consistently to make it into the play-in tournament.
The key player in the Sacramento Kings’ offense De’Aaron Fox. He recently had a great game against the Spurs with a career-high 39 points. He has averaged 20.7 points and 6.7 assists a game and has been the top scorer for the Kings this season. Fox has blown hot and cold in the NBA bubble so far. His form will be crucial if the Sacramento Kings hope to snatch victory from the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks are expected to blow the Sacramento Kings out with ease. With Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in such great form, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the team can catch up and help them during closing moments of games. The brilliant shooting of Seth Curry and Trey Burke will be something to look out for.
This game is not likely to be very close unless De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield can fire some magical 3s to lead the way for the Sacramento Kings. The odds are stacked against the Kings in this game versus the Mavericks
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers return to action Monday night to take on Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz at the NBA’s seeding games continue in the Florida bubble. The Lakers started strong as they rejoined the NBA’s restart amid the coronavirus outbreak, taking down the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game. However, the top-seeded squad in the west now comes in having dropped their second game to the defending champion Toronto Raptors. On the other side, the Jazz opened with a big win over the Thunder before taking a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The big injury report news pertains to both James and Davis, who are both listed as day-to-day for the matchup.