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What to Watch For


Despite dropping two of its last three and eight of its previous ten contests, the Dallas Mavericks aim to snap its current home losing skid tonight. Taking the court against the Mavs during their Star Wars-themed contest will be the Indiana Pacers highlighted by Paul George, local product Myles Turner and former Mavs guard Monta Ellis. All three of these individual players, barring injury, present unique matchups for Dallas. The Pacers have lost three of five previous matchups despite enduring a pair of double-digit losses to the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers.



Key Matchups


Paul George vs. Harrison Barnes


Tonight’s matchup pits Barnes against the Pacers’ leading man. George is expected to lead the way for Indiana despite missing six of 10 previous matchups due to lingering ankle and back injuries. Expect a fair share of opportunities for Barnes on the offensive end with the Mavs forward earning about 36 minutes per game in December along with 20 shot attempts per contest.


Wesley Matthews vs. Monta Ellis


There’s little doubt that Ellis will keep his shots within the offense, squaring off against one of his former teams. Matthews has slowly but surely been returning to peak form, averaging 18 points and 43.6 percent from the field in early December. Both numbers are indicative of a rise in Matthews’ offensive performance after averaging just under 14 points and shooting 38 percent from the field in the month of December.






Andrew Bogut – OUT (Knee)

JJ Barea – OUT (Calf)

Dirk Nowitzki – OUT (Achilles)

Seth Curry – Active (Knee)


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Podcast host and credentialed media member covering Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Wings | Roamed the rapidly growing area of Arlington Texas for the last 25 years. I graduated Texas Tech in 2014 with my Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications and currently obsess over basketball full-time. In my free time, I'm a substitute teacher and also an Uber driver. I've been following the Mavs since Jason, Jimmy and Jamal were young up-and-comers. If you need their last names, please don't ask me.

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