Mavericks at Hornets5 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TV: KTXA/21, NBA TV Radio: ESPN 103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish) Records: Mavs 39-40, Hornets 27-53 About the Mavericks: Two of the Mavs’ last three games of the season are against the Hornets, including the regular-season finale in Dallas on Wednesday. … Dirk Nowitzki is only 10 points shy of becoming the 17th player in NBA history to score at least 25,000 points. … The Mavs come in after an impressive 108-105 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets onthis past Friday. Impressive considering that in their previous game at home on Wednesday against Phoenix, the Mavs lost 102-91 to a Suns team that had dropped 10 straight games. … Elton Brand missed four games with a sore right calf before returning to collect two points, two blocks and four rebounds in 14 minutes against the Nuggets. … O.J. Mayo scored 20 points against the Nuggets. It was his first 20-point-plus game since March 8 when he scored 22 points at Detroit. About the Hornets: This painful season is nearing a close for New Orleans, too. The Hornets’ final two games are against the Mavs, including Wednesday night in Dallas. … Hornets rookie Anthony Davis saw his season come to a premature end last week when he sprained his left MCL and also suffered a bone bruise in a loss to the Sacramento Kings. … New Orleans has split two games with the Mavs this season. The Hornets won in Dallas on Jan. 5, 99-96 in overtime, behind 22 points and nine assists from Greivis Vasquez. They also lost at home to the Mavs, 104-100 on Feb. 22. … Overall, the Hornets have lost five of their last six games. They’ve also had four dreadful stretches this season in which they’ve strung together losing streaks of seven, 11, four and four games. … Eric Gordon leads New Orleans with 17.1 ppg.