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Jason Kidd, Mavericks feeling good during recent hot streak

Dallas is now in sixth place in the West after their big win over the Kings.



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The Dallas Mavericks are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now as they have won nine of their last 10 games. The latest victory for the Mavericks was a 132-96 drubbing of the Sacramento Kings, and it was a big one for the Western Conference standings. Dallas and Sacramento are neck and neck right now, and the Mavericks moved into the coveted sixth spot with the win.

Finishing in sixth compared to seventh is obviously huge as the six seed does not have to play in the play-in tournament, and the seven seed does. The Mavericks are currently the six seed, and head coach Jason Kidd is feeling good about the shots his team is taking, and their defense.

“I think we’ve talked about it each game or at practice about the shots we’ve been getting. We’ve had them all year,” Jason Kidd said after the win over the Kings, according to an article from Sports Illustrated. “The season is about makes and misses. We’re making them early in the season and our focus on the defensive end was taking some of our legs in a positive way. The focus on playing defense and protecting one another is at a high right now.  Maybe our offense took a step back from making threes but I thought today P.J. and D. Jones set the tone for us with the threes. I thought Luka, our leader, set the tone early, he came out aggressive. And then our other leader in Kai, he set the tone in the third with the pace. So when those guys get going, somebody’s going to be open and I thought we played for one another both offensively and defensively.”

The final 10 games are going to be huge for both the Mavericks and the Kings, and they play against each other again on Friday night.

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