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Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks at a glance

The Dallas Mavericks still rely on veteran forward Dirk Nowitzki, right. ... New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, defends against Nowitzki, right, during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks still rely on veteran forward Dirk Nowitzki, right. ... New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, defends against Nowitzki, right, during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Dallas. The Associated Press

Kings at Mavericks

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: American Airlines Center
  • When: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 14-20, Mavericks 19-15

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Prepare for everything: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle used a five-guard lineup to try to disrupt the Kings in November. Regardless of what Carlisle deploys, the Kings must stick to their plan and capitalize on their size advantage.
  • 2. Acy in action: On Monday, Quincy Acy started for Omri Casspi, who had a sore back. Acy’s energy, rebounding and defense are pluses.
  • 3. Defending Dirk: The Mavericks still rely heavily on Dirk Nowitzki, so the Kings must make it tough on him and force his teammates to step up.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

13

Quincy Acy

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Mavericks

No.

Player

Pos.

5

J.J. Barea

PG

23

Wesley Matthews

SG

25

Chandler Parsons

SF

41

Dirk Nowitzki

PF

27

Zaza Pachulia

C

Jason Jones

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