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Kings Continue Homestand With Visit From Defending Champion Mavericks

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The Sacramento Kings were lucky to begin their nine-game homestand with a win over the worst team in the West, and they'll need some better play, a well DeMarcus Cousins and probably some luck to knock off the defending champs on Friday.

The Dallas Mavericks visit Sacramento, coming off of a bad loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday in the late game on TNT. Dallas' defense fell apart in the second half, conceding 37 points to Phoenix in the third quarter. Of course, we know how explosive the Suns' offense can be behind Steve Nash. But you'd expect a veteran title contender like Dallas to have answers. They didn't.

While Dallas could be tired from the late travel and lack of rest, and while that could be an exacerbating factor for an older team, the Mavericks are still a good team with great weapons. Dirk Nowitzki needs no introduction, and Jason Terry has been a Kings killer over the years. On the other end, it's not a given that Cousins, who was out with food poisoning on Wednesday, will destroy Brendan Haywood, a good defender. While Marcus Thornton had been on a tear and the bench guards (Jimmer Fredette and John Salmons) have been solid, Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas have been inconsistent of late, and the Kings just don't have the depth of talent to afford bad individual nights from multiple starters.

The game is set for 7 p.m. Pacific, with Comcast SportsNet California on the broadcast. We'll have game threads at 7 and 8:30. The next game will be Sunday before a home back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday. Let's go Kings!