The Kings and Mavericks are the top two scoring teams in the league, averaging 105 and 103 points per game, respectively. They also both rank in the bottom five in points allowed.
Dallas is coming off a 106-93 win over Chicago on Friday. Michael Finley had 17 of his 23 points in the second half as the Mavericks pulled away to extend their winning streak to seven. The Mavericks are averaging 109.8 points during the streak.
“Our bench was tremendous. When we get more consistent offensively and defensively we are one of the best teams in this league,” Finley said. “That’s the tough thing to get, the consistency.”
Finley played just 12 minutes in the first half before going on a hot streak in the third quarter, scoring 12 points. He shot 8-of-17 for the game, including 5-of-7 in the third period.
“Coach rested me in the first half a bit and I guess it paid off because I was still fresh at the end of the game and was able to get my legs under me on a lot of shots in the second half,” Finley said.
The Kings are in the midst of a six-game road trip. Sacramento has split the first two games, beating Cleveland before losing to Memphis on Friday. With four games in five nights, the Kings didn’t appear to put forth much of an effort against Memphis, which built a 21-point third-quarter lead.
The Kings were so far down that none of their five starters saw action in the final period.
“We’ve been in three different time zones,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “I’m sure that’s part of it. We had some guys that didn’t look good, that were tired.”
Just 9-8 on the road this season, Sacramento is trying to use this trip to prove it can win away from Arco Arena, where it boasts a league-best 21-3 mark.
The Kings will visit Houston, San Antonio and Seattle before returning home.