NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 23rd (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (26-44) at Dallas Mavericks (46-24), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks are caught in a funk, but have a strong shot at bouncing back tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center.
Dallas has dropped two straight and three of four games since a 13-game winning streak, and recently sustained a 115-99 setback at New Orleans on Monday. Jason Terry recorded 24 points off the bench, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and Shawn Marion tallied 14 points for the Southwest-leading Mavericks, who are 3 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio in the division and one game behind Denver for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
"The Hornets took advantage of the forced turnovers they created. I just have to give credit to a good team," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "They drop five in a row and came here tonight ready to play."
Carlisle's squad surrendered 35 points off 20 turnovers, while Caron Butler distributed 12 points in defeat. Marion entered the game averaging 16.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in his previous eight contests.
The Mavericks are 24-11 at home this season.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles is in the midst of a 10-game road losing streak and has dropped 14 of its last 15 games as the guest. It is a miserable 7-28 on the road this season.
The Clippers have a tough task on their hands tonight, and enter this contest losers in nine of their last 10 games overall. In a 102-89 loss versus Sacramento on Sunday, Eric Gordon had a team-best 23 points and Baron Davis contributed 13 points and five rebounds in defeat.
"That was a poor game by us," Clippers head coach Kim Hughes said. "Half of our team didn't get their wakeup call today. They played harder than we did. I told our guys I was disappointed in our effort."
Chris Kaman chipped in 12 points and nine boards for Los Angeles.
Dallas defeated the Clippers, 93-84, earlier this season at Staples Center behind Nowitzki's 24 points and nine rebounds. The Mavericks have won four in a row and 21 of the past 28 matchups in the series.
LA is winless in its last six visits to Big D.
03/23 10:45:19 ET