Mavericks at Raptors
6 p.m. Wednesday, Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)
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Records: Mavericks 25-18; Raptors 20-20
About the Mavericks: Dallas opened its three-game road trip Monday with a 102-97 victory at Cleveland. The trip ends with Friday’s game in Brooklyn, then the Mavericks return home to host Detroit on Sunday. ... Monta Ellis led the way against the Cavs with 22 points and eight assists, and Dirk Nowitzki registered his second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. ... Center Samuel Dalembert is day-to-day after straining his left shoulder early in the third quarter against Cleveland. ... The Mavericks blew a 19-point lead at home on Dec. 20 and lost 109-108 to the Raptors in overtime, their largest blown lead of the season.
About the Raptors: Ex-Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey — now the head coach of the Raptors — has this town clamoring with Raptor Fever. The .500 Raptors are surprisingly in first place in the Atlantic Division and would be the No. 4 seed in the East if the playoffs started today. ... This is Toronto’s third game in four days and it comes in on a two-game losing streak. ... The Raptors have won nine of their past 14 games. ... DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors with 21.3 points per game. — Dwain Price