Hornets vs. Mavericks
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
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|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||15.1||4.2||J. Nelson||6.7||2.3|
|G, L. Stephenson||9.9||9.5||M. Ellis||18.4||2.6|
|F, P. Hairston||5.3||1.6||C. Parsons||14.0||4.6|
|F, M. Williams||6.3||3.5||D. Nowitzki||20.3||5.4|
|C, A. Jefferson||21.4||6.8||T. Chandler||11.2||10.4|
Matchup to Watch
Dirk Nowitzki vs. Hornets power forwards: Nowitzki continues to be among the NBA’s great natural scorers, with a pull-up jump shot that is hard to defend even in traffic.
• Restricted free agency doesn’t often work with prominent names, but the Houston Rockets chose not to match the offer sheet small forward Chandler Parsons signed with the Mavericks. That and a trade with New York that brought center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas were the major off-season moves.
• The Hornets have played a string of strong offensive teams of late – Portland, Phoenix and Golden State. But Dallas might be the best: First in scoring at over 107 points per game and second in field-goal percentage at 48.2 percent.
• Jameer Nelson signed with the Mavericks as a free agent and has beaten out a slew of other point guards – Raymond Felton, Devin Harris and now J.J. Barea – to be the starter.
• Gastonia’s Darrell Armstrong is a Mavericks assistant coach.
Did you know?
Dallas has led two of its games end to end, beating the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers with no ties after 0-0. The Mavs beat the Sixers by 53 points.