The NBA spread at William Hill Sportsbook for Monday's Mavericks at Kings matchup is a bit in flux because Dallas is listing its two top players, MVP candidate Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, as questionable in the front end of a back-to-back. Sacramento will be without leading scorer De'Aaron Fox as he's in the health and safety protocols. The Mavs currently are 5.5-point favorites but that could certainly change.
Doncic is dealing with a left elbow contusion and Porzingis a sprained left ankle. The "Unicorn" almost never plays both ends of a back-to-back regardless, so we would expect him to sit this one out. He left Thursday's win over the Lakers in the third quarter with the injury and sat Saturday when the Mavericks rallied to beat the Lakers again. Doncic had 18 points and 13 assists in that one but could be seen grabbing at his left elbow.
Every win is crucial for Dallas as it sits sixth in the West and tries to avoid the play-in tournament, which goes to teams 7-10 in each conference. Dallas is also listing Josh Richardson and Maxi Kleber as questionable for Monday.
Sacramento has the longest playoff drought in the NBA, last making it in 2006, and that's going to continue – it would be a minor miracle if Coach Luke Walton is back next season. Fox (25.2 ppg, 7.2 apg) is expected to miss at least 10 days in the COVID protocols. The team remains without Marvin Bagley III as well due to injury.
It's the second leg of a back-to-back for Sacramento as it lost 117-113 at Golden State on Sunday. Center Richaun Holmes returned from a five-game absence with a strained right hamstring and contributed 11 points and five rebounds. The club is 3-0-1 against the spread in its past four in the second of a B2B.
The Kings won the lone meeting so far between these teams 121-107 in Dallas on April 18 in an upset – the visiting team has won 10 of the past 12 in the series. Fox had 30 points and 12 assists and was plus-23. Porzingis had nine points and 11 rebounds, while Doncic had 37 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Over his last six games against the Kings, Doncic is averaging a 30-point triple-double (30.7 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 10.2 apg).
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