Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis scored a season-high 34 points to help Dallas defeat Washington, 105-102, on Wednesday.
Insight: Ellis tied his season-high in shots taken as well with 21, hitting 10 of them. He made 2-for-4 from the 3-point line too. In the last three games, Ellis is averaging 27.3 points while shooting 47 percent from the field.
Description: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki took only nine shots on Saturday and scored 15 points.
Insight: That is extremely surprising considering Dallas scored 131 points, but the Mavericks did play in their second straight blowout. Nowitzki had played just 43 minutes the last two games and taken 17 shots. At least he is making the most of his opportunities as he has made 13 of those shots.
Description: Knicks center Samuel Dalembert has fantasy value in deep two-center leagues.
Insight: Dalembert is a double-double threat even at age 33. He hasn't averaged double-double numbers in each category for an entire season since 2007-2008, but he has the potential for big numbers any night.
Description: Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion will only be relevant in very, very deep fantasy leagues this season.
Insight: Marion is at the end of his career. He played enough minutes and posted sufficient stats with Dallas to be a viable bench player in deep leagues last season, but that seems unlikely this season with Cleveland.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jameer Nelson appears to have the starting job over Raymond Felton and Devin Harris, but they will both cut into Nelson's playing time.
Insight: Nelson has always been a solid assist guy and can hit the three when needed. We're projecting 10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 7.0 apg, but fantasy owners must be aware of the injury risk. Nelson hasn't played more than 68 games in any of the last three seasons and has never played more than 79 games in 10 NBA seasons.
Description: The Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer to Chandler Parsons got them a top quality, underrated fantasy small forward for 2014-15
Insight: Parsons should be the No. 3 option behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis and after a bit of slow start while trying to fit in on a new team will produce solid numbers - 15.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has always been a solid fantasy option because of his quickness and his never having met a shot he didn't like.
Insight: He curbed his shot selection a bit in 2013-14 and saw his shooting percentage rise in both two pointer and from beyond the arc. We think that trend continues so are projecting 19.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.0 apg and 2.1 spg.
Description: The Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki to a three-year deal for $30 million.
Insight: It was a foregone conclusion that Nowitzki would re-sign with the only team he's ever played with. The 36-year-old averaged 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 threes while shooting .497 from the field over 80 games last season. His terrific mid-range game has allowed him to age gracefully.
Description: Raymond Felton has been traded to Dallas. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Chandler is also headed to the Mavs in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and a pair of second-round picks. All in all, it's a pretty good haul for the Knicks, who were looking to deal Felton anyway. This will be the fifth team Felton (9.7 ppg, 5.6 apg in 2013-14) has played for since 2010.
Description: Dirk Nowitzki will become a free agent on July 1st but he's confident he'll remain a Maverick. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: Nowitzki has no interest in playing anywhere other than Dallas. It's worth noting that the Mavericks, led by Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, were the closest team to beating the Spurs in this year's playoffs. San Antonio needed seven games to close out its cross-state rival.
Description: The Raptors are planning to pursue G/F Vince Carter in free agency. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Despite his age (37), Carter should draw plenty of interest on the open market. Carter (11.9 ppg in 2013-14) had some of his best seasons in Toronto, making the All-Star team four times during his tenure there.
Description: Dallas center DeJuan Blair (ten points, 14 rebounds) had his second double-double of the series Friday in a victory over San Antonio.
Insight: Blair, who was suspended for Wednesday night's Game 5, picked up right where he left off in Game 4 (12 points, 11 assists). At 6-foot-7, Blair isn't a traditional center but he's better than anyone else the Mavs have to fill that role right now. Look for coach Rick Carlisle to ride the hot hand again in Game 7.
Description: Monta Ellis kept the Mavericks alive Friday by providing 29 points in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: That ties his highest point total of the series. Sunday's Game 7 in San Antonio will determine who gets to face Portland in the next round. Ellis has averaged 21.8 ppg on 42.2 percent shooting for the series.
Description: Mavericks F/C DeJuan Blair is probable for Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Friday against San Antonio.
Insight: Blair served his one-game suspension for kicking Tiago Splitter and should be back in the lineup. He's only averaging about nine minutes a night in the playoffs, but putting up 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in that short span of time.
Description: The NBA has suspended Mavericks F/C DeJuan Blair one game without pay for kicking Spurs center Tiago Splitter in the head during Monday's game, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Blair and Splitter collided while going for a loose ball and Blair kicked him in the head while both players were on the floor. He was ejected from the game and will miss Game 5 of the series.
Description: Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis blew up for 29 points Saturday in a last-second win over San Antonio.
Insight: Ellis was awful in Game 1 (4-for-14, 11 points) but he's looked much better in his last two outings, averaging 25 ppg on 47.6 percent shooting. The Mavs can extend their series lead to 3-1 with a win Monday in Game 4.
Description: Mavericks sixth man Vince Carter sunk the game-winning three-pointer as time expired Saturday against San Antonio.
Insight: Carter faked out Manu Ginobili in the corner and got the shot off just before the buzzer. Vinsanity only shot 3-of-8 from the field but nobody is going to remember the other seven shots he took. Dallas leads the best of seven series two games to one heading into Monday's Game 4.
Description: Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had an awful game Sunday versus San Antonio.
Insight: Dirk (11 points, eight rebounds) made just four of his 14 field goal attempts and was invisible when the Mavs needed him most in the fourth quarter (0-for-4, two fouls, one turnover in the final six minutes of regulation). The Spurs have given him trouble all season as the seven-footer is averaging just 17 ppg in five games against them in 2013-14 (season average is 21.7 ppg).
Description: Monta Ellis tied a season-high with 37 points Saturday in the Mavs' playoff-clinching win over the Suns.
Insight: Ellis (19.0 ppg, 5.8 apg) gave his team a monumental effort when it needed him most and now Dallas is back in the playoffs for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. The Mavericks can lock up the No. 7 seed in the West with a win Wednesday in their regular season finale against Memphis.
Description: Mavs small forward Shawn Marion hurt his right foot Tuesday against Utah but expects to be back in action Thursday versus San Antonio. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: With Dallas fighting to save its season, Marion is determined to play through the pain. The Matrix has struggled against the Spurs this season, averaging 4.5 ppg on 18.8 percent shooting in two previous matchups.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (back) will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Clippers.
Insight: Dalembert has averaged 23.4 minutes, 8.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last four games but is dealing with a stiff back. If he can't play Thursday, Brandan Wright and Vince Carter will see more playing time.
Description: Mavericks guard Jose Calderon had 22 points, eight assists, four rebounds and six triples in 37 minutes Tuesday against the Thunder.
Insight: Calderon (11.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.4 rpg) took an elbow to the face early in Sunday's game against the Nets and didn't return, but he's fine. The 32-year-old's assists are down as he's had to share the backcourt with Monta Ellis while also playing with Dirk Nowitzki, who doesn't put up shots after getting the ball as quickly as some of the other top-scoring power forwards in the NBA. However, Calderon has made a career-high 2.4 threes per game.
Description: Mavericks guard Jose Calderon took an elbow to the face Sunday against Brooklyn and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Devin Harris would handle most of the point guard duties for Dallas if Calderon can't return though the offense would likely run through hot Monta Ellis (24 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.5 apg over the past two contests).
Description: Mavs center Samuel Dalembert came down with 15 rebounds Sunday in a loss to Brooklyn.
Insight: He also contributed 12 points and seven blocked shots. Dalembert has come on strong lately with averages of 13.0 rpg and 3.7 bpg over his last three contests. If you're desperate at center, you could do a lot worse than Dalembert.
Description: Mavs guard Monta Ellis will draw the start Sunday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: Ellis (18.8 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.6 rpg) injured his thigh Friday against Denver but was never expected to miss tonight's game. His field goal percentage this season (45.7) is his highest since 2008 (53.1).
Description: According to the Dallas Morning News, Mavericks G/F Vince Carter dislocated his pinky twice on Friday, but X-rays came back negative and he played the rest of the game with his finger taped up.
Insight: Carter had 13 points, four assists, three rebounds, three threes and two steals in 24.5 minutes Friday night and has averaged a solid 14.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 threes and 2.4 assists his last 14 games.
Description: Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis (thigh) is expected to play Sunday against the Nets, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Ellis missed Saturday's practice with a tight contusion. He has been a consistent second option to Dirk Nowitzki this season, averaging 18.8 points on .457 shooting, 5.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He has scored double-digit points in 65 of his 70 games.
Description: Mavs swingman Vince Carter dislocated his pinkie Friday against Denver.
Insight: His X-rays came back negative and he's already returned to action. Carter is still an excellent three-point shooter but he can't get to the hoop like he used to. He's worth having on your roster but isn't a must-start.
Description: Dallas guard Devin Harris (knee/ankle) is probable for Tuesday's game against Miami.
Insight: Harris said his right knee buckled. He missed Wednesday's game against Indiana. He's only averaging 18.6 minutes per game this season so fantasy owners won't have much reason to start Harris (8.9 ppg, 3.8 apg) even when he does play.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Pacers, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Nowitzki suffered a sprained ankle in the first half Tuesday at Charlotte but was able to return to the game and finished with 16 points in 24 minutes. The injury snapped a string of seven consecutive games with 20+ points.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after last night's game that he would be available Wednesday against the Pacers. SOURCE: Chuck Cooperstein, 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas
Insight: Nowitzki suffered what is believed to be at least the 12th sprained ankle of his career on Tuesday. He played through the injury and scored 16 points in 24 minutes of action. Expect a similar output tonight in Indiana.
Description: Dallas guard Devin Harris may have tweaked his knee Tuesday when Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions stepped on his foot. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: Harris said his right knee buckled but he doesn't expect to miss Wednesday's game against Indiana. He's only averaging 18.6 minutes per game this season so fantasy owners won't have much reason to start Harris (8.9 ppg, 3.8 apg) even if he does suit up on Wednesday.
Description: Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis is questionable for Tuesday's game against Charlotte
Insight: His right hamstring was reportedly tight at Monday's practice. It doesn't sound like Ellis will miss the game, but fantasy owners would be wise to check back before game-time. He has an off shooting night Sunday going 3-of-9 for just 11 points.
Description: It's official. Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis will be in the lineup Sunday against Boston. SOURCE: Mavs PR on Twitter
Insight: His status had been in question after straining his right hamstring Friday against Utah. It doesn't sound like Ellis (19.5 ppg, 5.8 apg) will be on any kind of minutes restriction, so fantasy owners can feel good about starting him.
Description: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle thinks guard Monta Ellis (hamstring) has a good chance to play Sunday against Boston. SOURCE: Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com
Insight: Ellis suffered a hamstring strain late in Friday's win over the Jazz. The guard has been very good all season, averaging 19.5 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting, 5.8 apg, 3.3 rpg and 1.8 spg. He's a game-time decision.
Description: Mavericks forward Shawn Marion is day-to-day with a shoulder injury, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Marion hurt his shoulder and ribs on a fall earlier this month and appears to still be dealing with it. He's questionable for Friday's game, and his absence would open up minutes for Vince Carter and Jae Crowder.
Description: Mavericks point guard Devin Harris has already claimed the backup point guard role from Shane Larkin and saw significant minutes in Sunday's contest.
Insight: Harris used to be a fantasy stud, but hasn't been healthy the past few seasons and has fallen off the radar screen. He's scored 14 points in each of the last two games and added 11 assist in 40 minutes of play. He'll backup Jose Calderon. He missed the first three months of the season with a toe injury.
Description: Mavs power forward Dirk Nowitzki was a late scratch Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050
Insight: We're going to assume it's just a rest day for the veteran. Shawn Marion (11.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg) is filling in at the four with Jae Crowder (5.5 ppg) getting the start at small forward. It's only Nowitzki's second absence of the season.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert will play Wednesday at Toronto despite a left shoulder strain. "I can manage the pain," he said. SOURCE: Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Dalembert left Monday's game with the injury. He has played just 20 minutes per game this season so he isn't a good fantasy option, and with Dalembert active neither are DeJuan Blair and Brandan Wright.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis had 22 points, eight assists and two steals over 36 minutes Monday at Cleveland.
Insight: Ellis is averaging 20 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field this season. He has reduced his 3-point attempts by 1.8 per game from last season, when he made just 41.6 percent from the field.
Description: Mavs point guard Jose Calderon will suit up Saturday against Portland. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: A bruised knee limited Calderon to 19 minutes on Friday night. That broke up a string of four games in a row with double-digit points. Calderon should be good for his usual 12 points and five assists tonight against the Blazers, assuming he doesn't aggravate his knee injury.
Description: Dallas point guard Gal Mekel had surgery on his right knee to repair a lateral meniscus tear Friday and will be out indefinitely, the team announced.
Insight: Mekel has only played 9.5 minutes per game this season and wasn't a fantasy option. Shane Larkin will pick up extra playing time as Jose Calderon's backup, and Devin Harris will also slot in at the point when he finally makes his season debut.
Description: Mavs guard Devin Harris will need at least two more games to recover from toe surgery. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: Harris returned to practice on Tuesday and there's a chance he could return Saturday against Portland. When Harris does come back, he'll provide depth at point guard behind starter Jose Calderon (12.0 ppg, 4.8 apg).
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion (shoulder) did not play Saturday and is questionable for Monday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) suffered a bruised shoulder Tuesday against the Lakers and missed his third straight game Saturday. he doesn't put up "Matrix" numbers anymore, but he's still a useful fantasy player.
Description: Mavs swingman Wayne Ellington sat out a second straight game due to an illness and is questionable for Monday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Ellington is missing out on the chance to start with Shawn Marion (shoulder, ribs) still out of the lineup. Jae Crowder started Friday night and played 40 minutes and another 35 minutes on Saturday.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki's 40 points helped Dallas take home a three-point win over the Pelicans Saturday night.
Insight: Nowitzki made 10-of-20 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, and picked up another 15 points from the foul line. The veteran is having another terrific season, shooting .488/.410/.899 and averaging 21.3 ppg.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion (shoulder) will not play Saturday, according to Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) suffered a bruised shoulder Tuesday against the Lakers and will miss his third straight game Saturday. With Wayne Ellington (illness) also out Friday, Jae Crowder saw 40 minutes. Ellington will remain on the sideline with Marion on Saturday.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion was out for Friday's game and is questionable for Saturday's rematch with New Orleans.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has been dealing with a bruised shoulder. Wayne Ellington started in his absence on Wednesday, but could only manage five points without a rebound or assist and he's also questionable. Jae Crowder played a season-high 40 minutes on Friday.
Description: Mavs swingman Wayne Ellington wasn't in the lineup Friday against the Pelicans and is questionable for Saturday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: He's out with an illness. Ellington started at small forward in place of Shawn Marion Wednesday against San Antonio. With both players out on Friday, Jae Crowder (5.3 ppg) played 40 minutes and surprised fantasy owners with a season-high 12 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.
Description: Mavs swingman Wayne Ellington wasn't in the lineup Friday against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: He's out with an illness. Ellington started at small forward in place of Shawn Marion Wednesday against San Antonio. With both players out on Friday, Jae Crowder (5.3 ppg) filled in at the three.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion is out for Friday's game against New Orleans and also doubtful for Saturday's game, according to Earl Sneed of Mavs.com.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has been dealing with a bruised shoulder. Wayne Ellington started in his absence on Wednesday, but could only manage five points without a rebound or assist. Vince Carter (11.4 ppg) gets a boost in value with Marion sidelined.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion is doubtful for Friday's game against New Orleans. Marion is missing his first game of the season tonight against San Antonio. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is out with a bruised shoulder. Wayne Ellington started in his absence on Wednesday and would probably be asked to do the same thing should Marion miss Friday's game as well.
Description: Dallas forward Shawn Marion will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game with the Lakers.
Insight: The Mavs didn't hold a morning shootaround so we likely won't know til just before tipoff. Marion is averaging 11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg. When he misses time, Jae Crowder and Vince Carter earn more of the workload.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright has made 75 percent of his field-goal attempts in nine games since making his season debut.
Insight: Wright has only played 20 minutes per game, but he's averaging 11.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals. He's competing with Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair at center and is the best fantasy option of the three.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) will play Friday against the Clippers, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Nowitzki suffered a left ankle injury early in Wednesday's game and returned to play 32 minutes. He made just 3-of-14 from the field for nine points, however. He's less than 100 percent, so temper expectations for Friday.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hurt his ankle early in Wednesday's game and will be a game-time decision, according to the team's website.
Insight: Nowitzki struggled in his 32 minutes on Wednesday shooting just 3-for-14 from the field and 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. He obviously won't be at 100 percent so you may have to temper your expectations.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hurt his ankle early in Wednesday's game and limped to the locker room but he's expected to return to the game after having his ankle taped. SOURCE: Jeff Platt, espndallas.com.
Insight: Nowitzki came in shooting 49.3 percent from the field, his highest percentage since 2010-11, and a career-high 91.9 percent from the free throw line.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright (illness) went through shootaround and is expected to play Saturday, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. Wright missed Thursday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: Wright has averaged 21 minutes in five games since returning from a fractured shoulder but has put up 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and may soon find himself in the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright (illness) didn't practice Friday but will travel with the team for Saturday's game at Chicago, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com. Wright missed Thursday's game against the Spurs.
Insight: Wright has averaged 21 minutes in five games since returning from a fractured shoulder but has put up 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and may soon find himself in the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright missed Thursday's game due to an undisclosed illness, according to nba.com.
Insight: Wright missed the first 23 games of the season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. He's averaged 21 minutes in five games since returning but has put up 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and may soon find himself in the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright has averaged 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks despite playing just 22 minutes per game over four games since making his season debut.
Insight: Wright missed the first six weeks of the season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. He's seen his playing time grow to 27.5 minutes per game over his last two games and could soon enter the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert did not play (coach's decision) Saturday against the Bucks.
Insight: Dalembert began the season as the starting center but quickly fell out of favor, much like he did in Milwaukee. With Brandan Wright back and DeJuan Blair starting at center, there's no need to own Dalembert anymore.
Description: Mavericks center Brandan Wright had 19 points (9-10 FG) and six rebounds in his season debut Saturday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Wright has been out all season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. Fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited; Wright played just 19 minutes even though Dirk Nowitzki was out with an illness and Samuel Dalembert was a DNP-CD.
Description: Mavericks center Brandan Wright (shoulder) will make his season debut Saturday against Milwaukee, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
Insight: Wright has been out all season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. Fantasy owners can hold off on adding him, as he'll be part of a three-man rotation at center with Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair.
Description: Mavericks center Brandan Wright (shoulder) returned to practice Friday and says there is an outside chance he'll play Monday or Wednesday, according to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Wright has been out all season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. Fantasy owners can hold off on adding him, as he'll be part of a three-man rotation at center with Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair when he returns.
Description: Dallas point guard Jose Calderon (ankle) is in uniform for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
Insight: After missing Saturday's game due to a bone bruise in his ankle, Calderon returned Tuesday and played 33 minutes. It looks like he's going to play in the second game of a back-to-back Wednesday as well.
Description: Dallas point guard Jose Calderon (11.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.9 apg) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Charlotte because of a bone bruise in his right ankle.
Insight: He is going to be a game-time decision. Gal Mekel would get the start if Calderon is sidelined again, though he won't be a great fantasy option. Playing 26 minutes against Minnesota on Saturday, he managed six points and seven assists.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis is dealing with soreness in his back and a sprained ankle, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Ellis had just four points on 2-of-16 shooting Wednesday against Golden State, but he handed out 10 assists and had two steals in 32 minutes of play. It was the first time this season he failed to score at least 18 points.