Sacramento Kings Travel to Dallas to Face the Mavericks
The season may not be over, but playoff hopes for the Kings are. Although they don’t really have a shot at getting into the NBA Playoffs, they can make it harder for others. One of these teams they’ll try to deal a blow to is the Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic.
The Mavericks are seated at the No.5 spot; however, they’re being followed closely. Can the Kings make it even closer?
The Dallas Mavericks seem to have everything going for them right now. Not long ago, they took down the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. With playoffs on the horizon, a few more key wins would be good for Dallas.
Getting a conference win over the Kings here is definitely an important game. The question is, can they cover the large spread laid out for them?
Game Preview: Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks March 5th
There are a few things that the Sacramento Kings do pretty well. For starters, they have the 14th best scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 110.21 points. Considering they have only 23 wins under their belt, this offense is pretty good.
The real problems begin on defense, where the Kings have the 29th ranked defense. On average, this team allows 115.0 points per game.
Dallas will essentially look to yet again exploit this defense. The Mavericks don’t have an incredible offense, but it won’t matter against the Kings’ defense. The good news for the Mavericks is that they have one of the best defenses in the NBA.
So, they’ll continue to score points while the Kings have difficulty doing so. However, can they score enough to cover the spread?
Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks Betting Prediction
When these two last played each other, the Mavericks were only one-point favorites. It was late December, and the Mavericks won the game 112-96. This should let you know that the Mavericks can cover at least ten points against Sacramento.
Over their last three meetings, the Mavericks have gone 2-1, with a 2-1 record ATS. This is a good sign for the Dallas Mavericks.
This season, the Mavericks have gone 16-14-1 against the spread at home. The Kings, on the other hand, are 13-17 against the spread on the road. Overall, the Mavericks are leagues better than the Kings at the sportsbook.
As long as the margin is within 10 points, we’d take the Dallas Mavericks. However, if it starts to exceed 10 points, you should reevaluate and take the Kings.
We feel this game is a no-brainer to take the over. The defense of the Kings is awful, and the total is likely going to be set low. The Kings are 33-29-1 against the total this season, while the Mavericks are 21-39-2.
However, the Kings’ defense gives the Mavericks a chance to score quite a few points. If the total is set below 217, take the over. If it goes any higher, take the under.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.