Kings (21-32) AT MAVS (32-22)
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: ESPN 103.3 FM; Univision 1270 AM (Spanish)
About the Mavs: Luka Doncic is officially listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain. But after what Doncic told the media on Tuesday, many clearly expect the second-year point guard to play tonight. “I’m ready to play,” Doncic said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m just excited to be back out there and playing again.” Doncic, who was voted in as a starter in Sunday’s All-Star Game, has missed the last seven contests, and the Mavs are 3-4 during that span. . .This is the Mavs’ last game before they pause for the All-Star break. After tonight, the Mavs’ next game is Feb. 21 in Orlando. . .The Mavs are just 14-14 at home and have lost four of their last five at AAC. . .Overall, the Mavs are just 3-5 in their last eight games. . .Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 33 points in Monday’s 123-119 loss to the Utah Jazz. . .After scoring 28 points against Utah, Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 28.8 ppg and 10 rpg in his last five games. . .J.J. Barea needs just two assists to pass Michael Finley (2,393) for eighth place on the Mavs’ all-time list. . .The Mavs are 18-7 this season when Dorian Finney-Smith scores 10 or more points. . .The Mavs are 94-73 all-time against the Kings, including a 57-27 record at home. . .The Mavs have a 1-1 record against the Kings this season. The Kings edged the Mavs in Dallas, 110-106, on Dec. 8. The Mavs returned the favor, winning 127-123, in Sacramento on Jan. 15.
About the Kings: Sacramento comes to Dallas with wins in four of its last six games. The only losses were to the top team in the Western Conference and the top team in the Eastern Conference. . .The West-leading Los Angeles Lakers beat the Kings, 129-113, on Feb. 1. And the East-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Kings, 123-111, on Monday. . .The Kings have had two recent impressive victories, a 124-103 road win against the highly-touted Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 30, and a 105-97 win over Miami on Feb. 7. . .Point guard De’Aaron Fox has been on a tear lately. Fox contributed 34 points and eight assists in the victory over the Clippers. He also scored 31 points in the 113-109 win over Minnesota on Feb. 3, and added 17 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists during the loss to Milwaukee. . .Former Oklahoma Sooner All-American guard Buddy Hield leads the Kings with 20.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg, Fox averages 19.8 ppg, 7.1 apg and 1.5 steals per game, and ex-Mavs forward Harrison Barnes is averaging 14.7 ppg. . .Also for the Kings, Bogdan Bogdanovic averages 14.6 ppg, Richaun Holmes is averaging 13.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 1.4 blocks per contest, and Nemanja Bjelica averages 12.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg. . .Following tonight’s game, Sacramento doesn’t have another game until it plays host to the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 20.