Mavericks at Bobcats
6 p.m. Tuesday, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
TV: FSSW Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)
Records: Mavericks 31-21; Bobcats 22-29
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About the Mavericks: Opened this three-game road trip with a 102-91 win Sunday in Boston, extending their winning streak to five, longest in nearly two years. ... They are averaging 109 points and shooting 49.6 percent during the win streak. ... The Mavs are 17-1 all-time against the Bobcats, the lone loss coming last season 101-97 in Charlotte, the only time the Bobcats reached 100 points in the series. ... In 16 games against the Bobcats, Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 26.1 points, his second-highest scoring average against any franchise. ... Monta Ellis shook off a mild strained right hamstring to get 11 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes Sunday against the Celtics.
About the Bobcats: If the playoffs started today, the team owned by Michael Jordan would qualify as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. ... Their 22 wins already are more than all of last season (21). ... The Bobcats are 5-4 in their last nine games. Overall, they are 11-14 at home. ... After losing to Miami in overtime on Jan. 18, the Bobcats earned a home victory over Toronto and road victories over Denver, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers. ... The Bobcats led San Antonio by 10 on Saturday before losing 104-100. ... Charlotte has a deliberate, slow style of play. The Bobcats are led by forward Al Jefferson, who averages 20 points and 10.6 rebounds. Jefferson has averaged better than 27 points a game over the past 13 games, and the team is 13-6 when he scores 22 or more. ... Point guard Kemba Walker averages 18.4 points and 5.2 assists.
— Dwain Price