Game 17 Preview: Mavs vs Nets

The Mavericks welcome the Brooklyn Nets to the AAC for an inter-conference showdown tipping off at 7:30 pm CT.

As a team, the Nets play pretty slow (24th in the league in pace) but they take the 34 threes per game (4th most) making 12 per game (second most).  Defending the 3 point line will be a big emphasis for the Mavericks defense this game, a defense that has been much improved as of late, holding opponents to an average of 91 ppg over the last week.

When it comes down to it the Nets are still young, not very talented, and not very deep.  The Mavs depth will also be tested, as we have 5 players listed as Out or Questionable heading into this game.  Time for the starters to step up and take care of business against a lesser foe.

Matchup Summary:

Dallas Mavericks Brooklyn Nets
Record  7-9  8-10
Position 13th in West 9th in East
PPG 109.4 103.3
Points Allowed 108.6 100.8
FG % 45.9% 45.1%
3p % 35.2% 37.0%
FT % 75.1% 74.4%
RPG 44.7 38.5
APG 22.6 22.9
TO 16.3 12.7

Projected Starters:

Dallas Mavericks PTS REB AST STL BLK
PG Dennis Smith, Jr 14.8 2.9 4 1.1 0.4
SG Dorian Finney-Smith 9.3 4 0.8 1 0.6
SF Luka Doncic 19.2 6.8 4.1 0.8 0.3
PF Harrison Barnes 15.9 4.8 1.3 0.8 0.2
C DeAndre Jordan 11.2 13.6 2.3 0.6 1.1
Brooklyn Nets PTS REB AST STL BLK
PG D’Angelo Russell 17.4 3.8 5.5 1.3 0.3
SG Allen Crabbe 7.1 3.2 0.9 0.4 0.3
SF Joe Harris 13.3 3.3 2.1 0.5 0.1
PF Jared Dudley 5.2 3.1 1.8 0.7 0.3
C Jarrett Allen 12.6 8.7 1.7 0.6 1.9

Injury Report:

Player Team Description
J.J. Barea Dallas Mavericks Questionable (Left adductor strain)
Wesley Matthews Dallas Mavericks Out (Hamstring)
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks Out (Foot)
Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks questionable (Left knee)
Dennis Smith Dallas Mavericks Questionable (Wrist)
Treveon Graham Brooklyn Nets Out (Left hamstring)
Caris LeVert Brooklyn Nets Out (Right Foot Dislocation)
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