The Sacramento Kings are in Texas on Sunday evening looking to stop the bleeding. They head into Dallas for a matchup against the Mavericks on a nine-game losing streak. The Kings haven’t won a game since March 29 against the San Antonio Spurs, 132-115. At that point in the season, the Kings were showing nice signs of progress.
They resembled a competitive team that Buddy Hield likely wanted to be a part of. However, nine games later, Hield and Harrison Barnes probably wish they were dealt to a contender at the trade deadline. The option was on the table for the Kings. You can’t say they didn’t get any offers. Instead of selling at the trade deadline, the Kings kept their core in-tact and intended on making a push for the play-in tournament.
The Kings were 22-25 before going on this lengthy skid. Now, they’re 22-34 and 12th in the Western Conference. They trail the Spurs by 5.5 games for the final play-in tournament spot. Goodnight for the Kings, who look like they are going to get nothing in return for Hield and Barnes, while missing out on the play-in tournament.
It’s the worst-case scenario for the Kings, but let’s see what they do with the rest of the season. It isn’t like the Kings are talentless. There are some players to like on this team. Along with Hield and Barnes, De’Aaron Fox is an exciting player to watch. The Kings don’t have an easy assignment on Sunday night in Dallas. There’s a good chance their losing streak balloons into the double digits.
There is important basketball left on the calendar for the Mavericks. They are coming off a 117-109 loss against the New York Knicks on Friday night at home. They’ve lost three of their last four games, and have slipped to 30-25 on the season and seventh in the West. For a team with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks sure aren’t playing up to their full potential this season. In spots the Mavericks certainly have, but consistency has been a problem. Head below for our free Kings vs. Mavericks pick on April 18, 2021.
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The Sacramento Kings are coming off a 122-114 loss against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. They tried their best against the Suns in that one and still lost by 8 points. This was after a frustrating loss against the Washington Wizards, 123-111, and several losses before that. The Kings have been operating without center Richaun Holmes the last two games. Holmes isn’t the biggest name in the NBA, but he’s an underrated and valuable anchor in the paint for the Kings.
He is averaging 14.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Holmes has been lights out around the rim, with a field goal percentage of 64.1%. To the casual fan, his absence isn’t going to look like much, though it doesn’t help the Kings at all. Damian Jones, who started at center for the Kings against the Suns, recorded just 5 points and 1 rebound. Jones is on the Kings on a 10-day contract because of the injury to Holmes. In other words, depth for the Kings in the paint is a serious concern.
Expect Kristaps Porzings to be the focal point for the Mavericks tonight. He should be able to do whatever he wants if Holmes can’t play. And offensively, if the Kings don’t get hot from outside, this game is going to get away from them in a hurry. The Mavericks can play defense despite the offensive playmakers on their roster. Dallas is ninth in the league with 109.8 points conceded per game. They are holding teams to a field goal percentage of 45.6%, good for seventh in the NBA.
The free throw line isn’t likely going to be an asset for the Kings in this one. They’re abysmal from the line with a 73.4% for 29th in the NBA. The last time the Kings travelled to Dallas, they were throttled for a 130-111 loss. I don’t see it being that lopsided, but the Mavericks should pull away in the second-half. The absence of Holmes, if he can’t go, and it’s looking likely, with Porzingis on the floor is going to be too much of a mismatch for the Kings to overcome.