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