NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 5th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (16-13) at Dallas Mavericks (20-10), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks shoot for their fourth consecutive victory tonight, when they continue a five-game homestand against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center.
Dallas has won seven of its last nine contests, including a 123-104 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Dirk Nowitzki scored 39 points and Josh Howard added 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Mavericks to the win. Nowitzki hit 14-of-25 shots, including 4-of-7 from three-point range.
Jerry Stackhouse added 18 points off the bench and Erick Dampier had 15 points for the Mavs, who have won three straight at home. For the year, Dallas is 10-6 in the friendly confines.
Dallas shot 53 percent for the game, compared to 47 percent for the Bucks. Jason Terry posted 10 assists and nine points in the winning effort.
Dallas guard Marquis Daniels missed his second straight game with a sore left ankle. Daniels is questionable for this contest.
Los Angeles enters off an ugly 100-83 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center on Tuesday night. Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant entered the game having scored 40-plus points in three straight games, but was held to just 17 on 5- of-16 shooting in this one.
Bryant had totaled 132 points in his last three games and has scored in double digits in all 29 of the Lakers games this season.
Stanislav Medvedenko scored 16 for the Lakers, who saw a brief two-game winning streak halted. Lamar Odom and Chris Mihm tacked on 10 points apiece in the defeat.
The Lakers, who are in the midst of a short two-day, two-game Lonestar State road trip, are now 5-7 on the road this season.
Dallas won the final two meetings between these teams last season, gaining a season split. However, the Lakers have won 12-of-16 and 31 of the last 36 meetings in the set. Los Angeles has dropped three of its last five in Dallas.
01/05 10:26:50 ET