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Wednesday, December 17th (All times eastern)

Dallas Mavericks (13-10) at Toronto Raptors (10-14), 7:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks will open a three-game road trip tonight against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Dallas will also visit New Jersey and Washington on the trek and is 6-4 as the visitor this season. It had a brief two-game winning streak stopped with Monday's 98-88 loss versus the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center, as Dirk Nowitzki notched 27 points and 10 boards for the Mavs, who concluded a season-long seven-game homestand with a 5-2 mark.

Jason Terry netted 19 points in a losing cause. Josh Howard scored seven points after missing 11 games with a sprained left ankle.

Meanwhile, the Raptors will close out a three-game homestand Wednesday and are 5-7 in Canada this season. They have dropped the first two tests of the homestand, including Monday's 94-87 setback to the New Jersey Nets.

Chris Bosh and Jason Kapono scored 17 points apiece and Jose Calderon netted 15 points to go along with eight assists in defeat. Jermaine O'Neal scored 14 points for Toronto, which has lost seven of nine overall.

Toronto and Dallas split a pair of meetings last season, but the Mavericks have won eight of nine and 11 of the last 13 in the series.

Dallas has won three of four games at Air Canada Centre.

12/17 10:59:58 ET

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