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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

MONDAY VS. DALLAS: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game. He is second on the team in rebounds (7.1). ... Nowitzki runs upcourt during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn.
MONDAY VS. DALLAS: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game. He is second on the team in rebounds (7.1). ... Nowitzki runs upcourt during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The Associated Press

MONDAY VS. MAVERICKS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Rajon Rondo faces the team with which he ended last season in what turned out to be a bad pairing.

Mavericks players to watch: Dirk Nowitzki turned 37 last June, but he isn’t slowing down. He leads Dallas with 17.4 points per game and is shooting at a 52.7 percent clip. He’s averaging 7.1 rebunds. Deron Williams leads the Mavs in assists (5.7) and steals 1.5).

Last meeting: Mavericks win 101-78 on Feb. 5 despite DeMarcus Cousins’ game-high 23 points.

Hometown take: From Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News: “ … the Mavericks also showed something. They aren’t that far removed from the conversation when it comes to relevant teams in the West – especially when they play like they did against the Spurs on Wednesday (in an 88-83 loss).”

THURSDAY VS. CELTICS

Where: Mexico City

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Rondo’s reunion tour continues against Boston, where he won a championship and was a four-time All-Star.

Celtics players to watch: Former King guard Isaiah Thomas is leading the Celtics in scoring (21.2 points per game) and assists (5.9). Jared Sullinger is averaging 11 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds.

Last meeting: Kings win 109-101 on Feb. 20 with DeMarcus Cousins scoring a game-high 31 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds.

Hometown take: From Gary Washburn, Boston Globe: “As the Celtics embark on what is a meaningful road trip that covers five cities, two time zones, and two countries, they are a team gaining cohesion and confidence, evidenced by the marked improvement of their starting lineup and the increased comfort of their reserves.”

SATURDAY AT ROCKETS

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: If the perimeter defense is still bad, James Harden will have another big game against the Kings.

Rockets players to watch: Harden is second in the NBA in scoring with 30.1 points per game. He dropped 50 points in a 116-114 win over Philadelphia on Friday. That came two days after he had 40 in a 102-93 loss to Memphis. Harden also leads his team in assists (6.4) and steals (1.9). Dwight Howard is the leading rebounder (12.7) and shot blocker (1.7).

Last meeting: Rockets win 115-111 on April 1 thanks to 51 points from Harden. DeMarcus posted game-highs in rebounds (21) and assists (10).

Hometown take: From Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle: “The Rockets would rather not need Harden to score 40, or even 50 points to get a win. They would prefer he not need to play a league-high 39.1 minutes per game. But it has become clear that while the shooting around him is so poor, he has to carry an enormous load offensively.”

Jason Jones

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