NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 4th (All times eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (14-5) at Memphis Grizzlies (7-12), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Even though Memphis is riding a two-game winning streak in the series, Dallas still owns a dominating record over the Grizzlies, who will welcome the Southwest Division-rival Mavericks to FedEx Forum tonight.
Dallas had won 13 in a row against Memphis before losing the last two matchups, and is 30-5 in the previous 35 meetings between the teams. The Mavs have also won 16 of their last 20 contests as the visitor in this series.
The division-leading Mavericks have won two in a row and four of their last five games overall, including Wednesday's 117-101 victory at New Jersey. Dirk Nowitzki led the victors with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Dallas, which has won nine of its last 11 games and is 8-3 away from Big D.
Jason Kidd burned the winless Nets with 16 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and five steals, while Erick Dampier registered 18 points and 11 boards in a winning effort.
"Everybody was talking about their record," said Kidd. "In this game or any professional game, there's going to be milestones and records set. This was a game on the schedule and we just took it as that and not that we're going to make history."
The Grizzlies will open a three-game homestand tonight versus the Mavs, Cavaliers and Thunder, and are 4-3 as the host this season. They ended a two- game slide with a 97-95 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday, as Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley each scored 20 points in the win.
Randolph also grabbed 10 boards for the Grizzlies, who went 2-3 on a five-game road swing and got 17 points and a team-best five assists from O.J. Mayo.
"We really came out [of halftime] motivated with a will to win," Mayo said. "The first half we didn't play our best, but we hung around."
12/04 10:37:05 ET