GameDay: Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz
04/07/2014 9:48 PM
04/07/2014 9:49 PM
Mavericks at Jazz
8 p.m. Tuesday, EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City
TV: KTXA/Ch. 21
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)
Records: Mavericks 47-31; Jazz 24-53
About the Mavs: Dallas’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three. Any combination of Mavs victories and Memphis Grizzlies losses that equals three will clinch a playoff spot. ... This is the finale of a four-game road trip for the Mavs, who are 3-0 after wins against the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers and Sacramento Kings. ... The Mavs have won five consecutive road games. ... Monta Ellis scored 23 points in Sunday’s 93-91 win over the Kings. ... Dirk Nowitzki needs 18 points to pass the legendary Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Nowitzki was the Western Conference player of the week after averaging 25.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, and converting 56.5 percent of his field goals and 56.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.
About the Jazz: In a season that has gone all wrong, the Jazz has the worst record in the Western Conference. ... Utah has dropped 17 of its last 20 games and is 0-3 against the Mavs this season. ... The Jazz lost 130-102 at Golden State on Sunday. Rookie point guard Trey Burke had 24 points and 15 assists, and Alec Burks had 24 points and five assists. ... The Jazz lost two games to the Mavs in Dallas — 103-93 on Nov. 22 and 103-81 on Feb. 7. The Mavs also beat the Jazz in Utah, 108-101, on March 12. ... Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz in scoring (16.1 ppg), while Derrick Favors averages 13 points and 8.8 rebounds. . .The Jazz have problems putting the ball in the basket. They’re next-to-last in the NBA in scoring (94.5 points), 16th in points allowed (101.6) and 26th in rebounding (40.9).
— Dwain Price