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(0-1) Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks (0-1)
Date: Friday October 20
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Mavs -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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The Dallas Mavericks host a plucky Sacramento Kings squad Friday from American Airlines Arena. Last season, the now-reconstructed Kings upended Dallas 2-1 in head-to-head play.
This summer, Kings GM Vlade Divac rebuilt heavily via draft picks and veteran free-agent acquisitions. Meanwhile, Dallas returns its essential 2016-17 core, while adding uber-rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.
Each team lost season debuts Wednesday vs. opponents on opposite ends of the competitive spectrum.
Sporting fresh faces and familiar NBA cogs, Sacramento pressed favored Houston before faltering late, 105-100. Granted Houston was competing on the tail-end of a back-to-back minus Chris Paul, however, the Kings’ performance was uplifting for a team which finished 32-50 last season.
Tasked with recent MVP runner-up James Harden’s freewheeling Rockets, Willie Cauley-Stein (21 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Skal Labissiere (12 points, 10 rebounds) led a Kings offense which shot 47/34/80. Although Houston fared a bit better as Harden (27 points), Clint Capela (22 points) and reigning NBA 6th Man of The Year Eric Gordon (25 points) prevailed behind veteran continuity.
Additionally, Houston earned a glaring 27-8 free-throw made edge vs. a shaky Kings defense; by committing 17 turnovers, Sacramento’s new parts displayed two-way chemistry issues.
Unfortunately, the 17-18 Kings opened their campaign minus low-post threat Zach Randolph and marksman Bogdan Bogdanovic –each of whom might have placed Sacramento over high-octane Houston. Randolph (oral surgery) and Bogdanovic (ankle) are listed as day-to-day.
To gain an inaugural early-season victory against Dallas, Sacramento will require physical play from a rugged front-line and another strong tandem performance from George Hill and rookie De’Aaron Fox.
With Dirk Nowitzki’s final 82-game foray begun, Dallas collapsed defensively as unheralded Atlanta guards Dennis Schroder (28 points, 7 assists) and Marco Belinelli (20 points) scored liberally in Head Coach Mike Budenholzer’s equal-opportunity offense.
From their home arena, the Mavericks allowed 57 points vs. a brazen Atlanta bench. Rookie John Collins (14 points, 5 rebounds) began his NBA career in style. Overall, especially with Nowitzki (-18) in tow, Dallas struggled to gain stops while Atlanta netted 51/50/80 shooting.
Though defeated 117-111, the Mavericks’ prized-rookie Dennis Smith Jr. (16 points, 10 assists) flashed tantalizing skill as late-summer re-signing Nerlens Noel (16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists) demonstrated why he should open games.
Though the Mavericks are without Seth Curry (leg) and Josh McRoberts (rest) day-to-day, Rick Carlisle’s men might have defeated Atlanta had the minutes of 39-year-old defensive burden Nowitzki and burgeoning center Noel been properly assigned.
As constructed, Dallas will be hard-pressed to contain any NBA-caliber offense if Nowitzki gains major minutes.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Kings are 0-1 SU this season
- Mavericks are 0-1 SU this season
- Mavericks are 0-1 SU at home this season
- Kings are 2-1 in their previous 3 SU meetings vs. Mavericks
- Kings are 1-0 ATS this season
- Mavericks are 0-1 ATS this season
Free Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Each team will enjoy one rest day before renewing competitive acquaintances. During this time, one would expect Dallas Head Coach Rick Carlisle to study film and realize his team functions more efficiently with Noel in the starting lineup.
If Noel logs 25 minutes or more, the Mavericks will defeat incoherent Sacramento. Conversely, if Nowitzki is spoon-fed court-time gained solely on his laurels, the Kings can steal a road victory.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OVER
A veteran tactician, expect key adjustments from Carlisle in this home contest. Subsequently, the Mavericks’ offensive firepower and depth will be too much for the Kings’ collection of senior-performers and inexperienced rookies to overcome.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Dallas 112 – Sacramento 107
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