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Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks at a glance

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, could be a handful for Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein to defend on Monday. Nowitzki is averaging a team-high 17.1 points a game. ... Nowitzki and guard Deron Williams shake hands during an NBA basketball game against San Antonio on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in San Antonio.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, could be a handful for Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein to defend on Monday. Nowitzki is averaging a team-high 17.1 points a game. ... Nowitzki and guard Deron Williams shake hands during an NBA basketball game against San Antonio on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in San Antonio. The Associated Press

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Sleep Train Arena
  • When: Monday, 7 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140
  • Records: Kings 6-12, Mavericks 10-7

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Dealing with Dirk: It could be a tough night for rookie Willie Cauley-Stein if he has to defend Dirk Nowitzki for the first time. The veteran is having a good season.
  • 2. Team defense: There must be an increased focus on containing the perimeter and preventing Deron Williams from dominating the game.
  • 3. Offensive flow: The Kings must take good shots and limit turnovers. Many of their defensive problems start with bad decisions on offense.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

41

Kosta Koufos

PF

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

C

Mavericks

No.

Player

Pos.

8

Deron Williams

PG

23

Wesley Matthews

SG

25

Chandler Parsons

SF

41

Dirk Nowitzki

PF

27

Zaza Pachulia

C

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