Dallas Mavericks

April 9, 2014

GameDay: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

7 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

Spurs at Mavericks

7 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: TNT

Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)

Records: Spurs 60-18;

Mavs 48-31

About the Spurs: San Antonio comes to town with the NBA’s best record, best road record (29-10) and best record against Western Conference foes (36-12). ... The Spurs recently won a franchise-record 19 games in a row, including a 16-0 record in March. ... But they have lost two of their past three games, including Tuesday’s 110-91 loss at Minnesota after trailing 54-34 at halftime. It was the lowest scoring half of the season for the Spurs. “[The Timberwolves] basically forced us to lay an egg,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ... Tony Parker will not play Thursday because of back spasms. Manu Ginobili suffered a left calf contusion against Minnesota, but might play.

About the Mavs: Dallas is coming off a sweep of its four-game road trip. ... Any combination of Mavs victories and Memphis Grizzlies losses that equal two will clinch a playoff berth for Dallas. ... Dirk Nowitzki comes home to a hero’s welcome and will receive a standing ovation after passing Oscar Robertson on Tuesday to become the NBA’s No. 10 all-time leading scorer. ... The Mavs are 0-3 against the Spurs this season and have lost the last eight meetings, dating to March 2012. — Dwain Price

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