NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 10th (All times eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (14-22) at Dallas Mavericks (28-8), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers wrap up a short two-game road trip when they visit the Dallas Mavericks tonight at American Airlines Center.
This is the second meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On November 12th, All-Star Dirk Nowitzki finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mavericks to a 103-96 victory over the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
The Mavericks have won 11 straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings in this series. Portland has lost six straight and nine of its last 10 at Dallas.
The last time the Trail Blazers defeated Dallas was on December 23, 2003 in front of their fans.
Portland attempts to halt a two-game losing streak this evening. Tim Duncan posted 16 points and nine rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs topped the Trail Blazers, 98-84, on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.
Zach Randolph posted a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine boards in the loss to San Antonio for the Trail Blazers, who have lost six of their last seven games overall. Rookie LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Jarrett Jack had 13 points and five assists in defeat.
The Trail Blazers are 7-11 on the road this season. After tonight's contest, they return home for a three-game stand. Portland will host Sacramento, Denver and Cleveland on the upcoming homestand.
Dallas returns home after going 2-1 on a three-game road trip. On Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki poured in a season-high 38 points as the Mavericks held off the Utah Jazz, 108-105, at EnergySolutions Arena.
Josh Howard had 21 points and nine rebounds in the win over the Jazz for Dallas, while Jason Terry had 18 points for the Mavericks, who bounced back from a 101-98 road loss to the Lakers on Sunday at the Staples Center.
The Mavericks are an impressive 16-3 at home this season. They hit the road for games against the Indiana Pacers on Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.
01/10 10:28:55 ET