Mavericks at Suns
9 p.m. Wednesday, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM; ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)
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About the Mavericks: Dallas will open the season with four new starters and Dirk Nowitzki as the lone holdover. Forward Chandler Parsons will return to the starting lineup when healthy. ... The new backcourt has free agent signings point guard Deron Williams and shooting guard Wesley Matthews. ... Zaza Pachulia will likely start at center, but JaVale McGee will start once he recovers from a leg injury. ... In the preseason finale Friday against Chicago, the Mavericks used a three-guard lineup that included Raymond Felton, Williams and Matthews alongside Nowitzki and Pachulia. ... The Mavs finished 50-32 last season and lost to Houston (4-1) in the first round of the playoffs. ... This is the first of three road games to open the season. The Mavericks play at the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, and Sunday against the Lakers.
About the Suns: In addition to a new name for their old arena, the Suns have a new starting center in Tyson Chandler. ... Chandler finished his second one-year stint with the Mavericks last season and inked a four-year, $52 million free-agent contract with Phoenix in July. Last year with the Mavericks, Chandler averaged 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds. ... Guard Eric Bledsoe averaged 17 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists last year. Forward Markieff Morris added 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. Guard Brandon Knight averaged 13.4 points and 4.5 assists in 11 games after being traded to Phoenix last season. ... The Suns were 39-43 record last year, 10th in the West.