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Mavericks vs Kings Preview

Sacramento Kings Dallas Mavericks
25-47 March 29, 2014, 08:30 | American Airlines Center 43-30



The visiting Kings hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at American Airlines Center against the Mavericks.

The Mavericks bring a 43-30 record (39-33-1 ATS) to the battle against the 25-47 Kings, who are 32-37-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Dallas go 41-32 so far and the Kings go 34-37-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Sacramento Kings vs Dallas Mavericks Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 10-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 210 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game pits the Mavericks, currently No. 9 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Kings, who rate No. 21 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-93 victory for the Mavericks.

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Sacramento lost its last outing, a 94-81 result against the Thunder on March 28. The Kings earned a push in that game as a 13-point underdog, while the 175 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Ben McLemore scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Kings to victory (they lost 94-81 to Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday).

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 109-103 loser as they battled the Clippers at home. The Mavericks failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog, while 212 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Mavericks got 23 points from Vince Carter, but it was Los Angeles that prevailed in a 109-103 final on Thursday at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Dallas's No. 26-rated squad against Sacramento's No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Dallas rates No. 8 in the league with 8.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 25 with 6.28 per outing.

A few Kings at Mavericks trends to consider:
Sacramento is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Sacramento's last 11 games
Sacramento is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Sacramento's last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games
Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games at home


Next up:
Sacramento at New Orleans, Monday, March 31st
Dallas home to Golden State, Tuesday, April 1st