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Kings game plan against the Dallas Mavericks

KINGS (16-21)

VS. MAVERICKS (26-12)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Get back on defense: Led by Rajon Rondo, the Mavericks will look to push the pace and get easy scores in transition. The Kings must watch out for Dallas’ multiple weapons on fast breaks, including center Tyson Chandler, who can go up for lob dunks.

2. Protect the ball: The Kings had a season-low five turnovers in Sunday’s win over Cleveland. A similar effort will be needed against the Mavericks. Rondo and Monta Ellis can ignite breaks by getting into passing lanes for steals.

3. Maintain the intensity: Sacramento blew a 24-point lead Nov. 11 at Dallas and lost by eight. The Kings must stay focused and disciplined, especially if they take another sizable lead, because they can’t expect to take a quarter or two off and beat the formidable Mavericks.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

MAVERICKS

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

11

Monta Ellis

SG

25

Chandler Parsons

SF

41

Dirk Nowitzki

PF

6

Tyson Chandler

C

Jason Jones

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