Dallas takes on Denver, looks to end 6-game skid
Dallas Mavericks (27-40, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (44-22, second in the Western Conference)
Denver; Thursday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Dallas is looking to break its six-game skid with a win against Denver.
The Nuggets are 29-14 against Western Conference opponents. Denver is 42-17 in games when they score 100 or more points.
The Mavericks are 6-27 on the road. Dallas is 5-5 in games decided by less than 4 points. The Nuggets won the last meeting between these two squads 114-104 on Feb. 22. Nikola Jokic led the way with 19 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jokic leads the Nuggets with 7.6 assists and scores 20.4 points per game. Jamal Murray is averaging three made 3-pointers and 18.4 points over the last 10 games for Denver.
J.J. Barea leads the Mavericks averaging 5.6 assists while scoring 10.9 points per game. Luka Doncic has averaged 4.8 assists and scored 17.8 points over the last 10 games for Dallas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mavericks: 1-9, averaging 103.1 points, 42 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 5.6 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.8 points on 48.0 percent shooting.
Nuggets: 6-4, averaging 115 points, 49.7 rebounds, 28.7 assists, 8.3 steals and four blocks per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting.
Nuggets Injuries: Torrey Craig: day to day (shoulder), Michael Porter Jr.: out (back), Trey Lyles: day to day (left hamstring strain).
Mavericks Injuries: Kristaps Porzingis: out for season (knee), J.J. Barea: out for season (lower leg).