Mavericks at Nuggets
8 p.m., Saturday, Pepsi Center, Denver
Radio: ESPN, 103.3 FM
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Records: Mavericks 9-4, Nuggets 5-6
About the Mavericks: This is the second night of a back-to-back for the Mavs, who are 3-1 in that scenario this season. ... The Mavs will turn around and host Denver on Monday. ... Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis have had five games this season when each scored at least 20 points. The Mavs are 3-2 when that happens. ... The Mavs are 8-14 against Denver in their past 22 meetings. All-time, the Mavs are 79-72 against the Nuggets, but only 30-46 on the road. ... The Mavs dropped their only game in Denver last season, 95-94.
About the Nuggets: Denver got 17 points off the bench from former University of Texas small forward Jordan Hamilton in beating Chicago 97-87 on Thursday. ... The Nuggets lost four of their first five games, but have won four of their past six. ... Ty Lawson leads the Nuggets with 20.9 points per game and 8.5 assists per game. ... Denver is eighth in scoring at 103.7 points, but 26th in points allowed at 103.9. ... The Nuggets rank third in the NBA in rebounds with 46.8 per game. ... The Nuggets will be without forward Danilo Gallinari (knee) and center JaVale McGee (fractured left tibia.)
— Dwain Price