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Friday, November 17th (All times eastern)

Dallas Mavericks (3-4) at Memphis Grizzlies (1-6), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies try to reverse their recent losing ways against the team which ended their 2005-06 season tonight when the Dallas Mavericks pay a visit to FedExForum.

The Mavericks have won eight of the last nine regular-season meetings between the Southwest Division rivals, then swept the Grizzlies in four games during the first round of last season's Western Conference playoffs.

Dallas has also emerged victorious in its last six visits to FedExForum, counting the postseason.

Making matters worse for Memphis is the club's horrid start to the 2006-07 campaign. The Grizzlies have lost five straight games and fell to 1-6 on the year with Wednesday's 115-111 defeat at Sacramento.

Chucky Atkins poured in 27 points and Damon Stoudamire scored 19 for the Grizzlies, who suffered their 17th straight loss at ARCO Arena. Mike Miller had 17 points and eight boards in the setback.

Atkins, who had never averaged more than 13.6 points over the first seven years of his career, is scoring at a team-best 16.7 points per game clip.

The defending Western Conference champion Mavericks have righted their ship after opening the season with four straight losses. Dallas has since won three in a row, most recently a 111-99 triumph at home over Chicago on Tuesday.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 31 points and 10 rebounds, while Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier also had big games for the Mavs. Stackhouse had 21 points and Dampier had 14 along with 13 rebounds.

Jason Terry added 17 points in the win, Dallas' first in three home games this season.

Tonight's game begins a home-and-home series between the teams. Dallas will host the Grizzlies on Saturday.

11/17 10:33:54 ET


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