Dallas Mavericks (16-36) at Sacramento Kings (16-35)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Golden 1 Center)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +4.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings meet Saturday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.
The Dallas Mavericks need a victory here after losing eight of their last nine games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 101.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 103.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 assists. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dirk Nowitzki is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost four straight road games.
The Sacramento Kings look for a victory after splitting their last six games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 98.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Zach Randolph is averaging 14.5 points and seven rebounds while Buddy Hield is averaging 12.4 points and 1.6 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein is the third double-digit scorer and Bogdan Bogdanovic is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost four straight home games.
The Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Kings are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Sacramento, 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
We know the Sacramento Kings aren't a good basketball team and playing on the end of a back to back doesn't help matters. The Dallas Mavericks are better than their record and have been on the wrong side of some tough losses. However, I'm not laying chalk with the Mavs on the road against anybody. The Mavericks are being outsdie by 8.8 points in their last five games and 5.7 points on the road overall this season. I just don't see the logic in giving up points with a bad basketball team on the road that usually finds ways to lose. However, the best bet would be to leave this game alone.