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Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks at a glance

The Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki shoots over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Nick Collison (4) during the first half on Feb. 24, 2016, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki shoots over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Nick Collison (4) during the first half on Feb. 24, 2016, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Kings at Mavericks

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: American Airlines Center
  • When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140
  • Records: Kings 24-35, Mavericks 33-28

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Extra energy: With two players ailing (Rudy Gay, Seth Curry), the Kings need production from other players. Omri Casspi will have opportunities and it would be a great night for Ben McLemore or Marco Belinelli to be productive.
  • 2. Find Dirk: Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki hurt the Kings with late-game shots in their last meeting. The Kings must be ready to contest Nowitzki at the three-point line.
  • 3. Defensive focus: The Kings’ defense begins with ball containment. That means making it tough on Dallas point guard Deron Williams.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

13

Quincy Acy

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

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

Jason Jones

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