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Game Thread: Mavericks (36-15) at Kings (12-36)

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WHO: The Sacramento Kings host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: A chance to get to 10 straight wins... again.

WHERE: ARCO Arena, Sacramento, CA

WHEN: 9:00pm CT

HOW: League Pass | KTXA | CSN-CA | KESN | KHTK

THE STORY: It's a homecoming for Peja Stojakovic, who spent seven years with the Kings and leads them in three-pointers. Speaking of which, Peja just needs one more three to pass Dale Ellis for fourth all-time. The Mavericks should expect Dirk Nowitzki to play, despite jamming his wrist on Monday. The Kings, who have dropped 3 of their last 4 games as part of a six-game homestand. The Mavericks should beware of Tyreke Evans who is averaging 23 PPG and just over seven assists. Some links follow the jump, including the latest on the departure of Bob Ortegal. Be sure and bow down to the Sactown Royalty.

Mavericks-Kings Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
The Dallas Mavericks knew they were going to be in for a fight in their last game. They also faced plenty of resistance in their previous matchup with the Sacramento Kings. Dallas tries to post its second double-digit winning streak of the season Wednesday night when it opens a three-game trip against a Kings team continuing a brutal stretch at Arco Arena

Shootaround Report: Mavericks (36-15) at Kings (12-36) - Mavs Fast Break
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki may have said it best when his team stepped on the court for a morning walkthrough at ARCO Arena before Wednesday night’s matchup with the Sacramento Kings. "This is the house Peja built," Nowitzki shouted. The 10-time All-Star was referencing Peja Stojakovic’s seven-year stint with the Kings, an organization that helped the sharpshooter thrive while making three All-Star appearances of his own.

Dallas Mavericks Blog: Chandler, Peja and Sunshine Bob
From the Department of Too Much of a Good Thing: There is concern about Tyson Chandler’s emotions on the floor. The Mavericks love his passion. It’s why everybody from Dirk Nowitzki on down proclaimed the big man the Mavs’ leader weeks after his arrival in Dallas. But it becomes an issue when Chandler gets whistled for technical fouls. That’s happened eight times this season, which ranks seventh in the NBA. It also means Chandler is halfway to a one-game suspension.

Ousted Bob Ortegel: I'll 'watch every second' of tonight's Mavs game
When asked what he was going to do after his 23-year run as television analyst for the Mavericks came to an abrupt and premature end, Bob Ortegel gave a glimpse into why he was a high-quality employee and individual - and why he deserved better. "Tonight at 8:30,'' he said, "I'm going to be in front of that television screen, watching the pre-game show and then watch every second as the Mavericks try to get that winning streak to 10 games.''