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3 things to watch as the Mavericks visit the Kings

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The Mavericks are playing for pride and not playoffs at this point.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks (32-44) will take on the Kings (30-47) in Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center tonight. The Mavs will be trying to win their second in a row after taking down the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

The last time these two teams met, the Mavericks won convincingly 99-79 and were led by Dorian Finney-Smith (17 points and two rebounds) followed by five other Mavericks in double digits.

The Sacramento Kings have gone into full rebuild mode after trading away their all-star centre DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Here are some things to watch for in tonight’s game.

Seth Curry showing the Kings what they could have had

The Sacramento Kings thought they would be better off not signing Seth to a deal last summer and let him walk right into the Mavericks glorious arms. Curry would have been a nice cheap option for the Kings, but for reasons unknown (bad management probably), they thought they could do better.

Seth will likely be offered an extension from the Mavericks with a nice pay increase from his current $3 million contract, which he has most definitely deserved.

After missing the last game because of some shoulder soreness, Seth should be fired up ready to take on his old team and give them a taste of what they could have had if they brought him back. Barring any setbacks, we should see Seth suit up tonight and be aggressive from the opening tip.

Dirk may miss the game, and that is certainly okay!

In the third quarter against the Bucks, Dirk was taken out of the game because of some Achilles soreness. Doesn’t seem like much of a concern; just an older athlete being aware of his body and knowing when and when not to push it.

The Mavericks have no reason to rush him back and should err well on the side of caution with Nowitzki this late into the season. If there were more on the line to play for, we could have seen more work being done to get Dirk ready, but with the playoffs out of reach, it’s a smart decision to rest him as long as he needs to get 100 percent.

Resting Dirk will just give an opportunity to players like Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell to step up, so we can get an extended look at what they can do.

Look out for Buddy Hield

Buddy was the main prize for the Sacramento Kings in the DeMarcus Cousins trade and has actually been playing well since the move. He was just named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March averaging 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists and is looking like a solid player for their future.

Hield will be heavily guarded by Wesley Matthews for most of the night, and will be a big challenge for him given Wes’ ability to focus in on one player and limit their effectiveness on the game.

How to watch

You can catch the game on Fox Sports Southwest (or NBA League Pass outside of the Dallas area) starting at 9:30pm Central. Follow along with us to catch all of our game coverage!