NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (27-19) at Orlando Magic (36-10), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic will shoot for their fourth straight win when they kick off a brief two-game homestand Monday night versus the Dallas Mavericks at Amway Arena.
The Magic will also host the Los Angeles Clippers and are 18-4 at home this season. They posted their third win in a row with a 113-90 rout of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, as Dwight Howard led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Mikael Pietrus added 22 points off the bench for Orlando, which has become one of the premier teams in the NBA this season.
Jameer Nelson continued his impressive season by contributing 18 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, while Rashard Lewis netted 15 points in a winning cause. The Magic have won 10 of their last 12 games overall.
Dallas will wrap up a short two-game road swing this evening and has won two straight and five of its last seven games. It handed the Miami Heat a 111-96 setback on Saturday in South Beach, as Dirk Nowitzki recorded 30 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks.
Jason Terry netted 20 points and Jason Kidd dished out a game-best 11 assists to go with seven points and five boards for Dallas, which got 15 points and six rebounds from Josh Howard. The Mavs are 13-12 away from American Airlines Center this season.
The Magic recorded a 102-100 win at Dallas on November 14 this season to end a four-game slide in the overall series. Dallas has won nine of 12 and 10 of the last 15 meetings with Orlando, which is 14-4 in the last 18 matches as the host.
02/02 10:28:50 ET