NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 15th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (12-23) at Dallas Mavericks (22-12), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets will aim to halt a three-game losing streak this evening, when they continue their three-contest road trip against the Dallas Mavericks at AmericanAirlines Center.
New Jersey has dropped five of its last six contests overall, including a 94-85 defeat to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Thursday night. Vince Carter paced the Nets with 17 points in the losing effort.
Carter has scored in double-digits in all 10 games he has played in for the Nets. He is averaging 20.9 points per game for New Jersey, which is 3-7 with him.
Nenad Krstic collected 15 points with 10 rebounds for New Jersey, while Jason Kidd added 16 points, 10 boards and nine assists in defeat. Rodney Buford netted 14 off the bench in the loss.
The Nets lost their second consecutive contest since finding out that All-Star forward Richard Jefferson was out for the season with a wrist injury. Jefferson had been averaging 22.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
New Jersey, which has lost its last four road contests, is only 5-14 in foreign buildings this season.
Dallas has dropped two straight games on the heels of a five-game winning streak. The Mavericks suffered a 98-95 defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at the SBC Center.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, as the Mavs rallied in the final 12 minutes to make it a nail-biter. He also had 14 rebounds.
Jerry Stackhouse had 17 points and Michael Finley tallied 15 for Dallas, which played without two regulars. Jason Terry had 13 points in the defeat.
The Mavs were without injured frontcourt mates Erick Dampier and Josh Howard. Dampier has a knee ailment, while Howard continues to recover from a respiratory infection. Dampier and Howard are listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
Before the game, Dallas placed swingman Marquis Daniels on the injured list with a sore left ankle. To replace Daniels on the active roster, the Mavs activated rookie center DJ Mbenga.
The Mavericks have won five of their last six home games to improve to 12-7 for the year.
Dallas has dominated this series in recent years, winning nine consecutive meetings. New Jersey has dropped four consecutive trips to Dallas. The Mavericks own a 27-21 advantage in the all-time series between these squads.
01/15 10:07:56 ET