Jazz at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)
Records: Jazz 1-12; Mavs 8-4
About the Jazz: The season isn’t a month old, and it’s already been long for Utah. The Jazz come into Friday’s game with the NBA’s worst record at 1-12. ... Utah dropped its first eight games of the season, beat New Orleans 111-105 on Nov. 13 and now are riding a four-game losing streak. ... Rookie guard Trey Burke made his debut in Wednesday’s 105-98 loss in New Orleans and responded with 11 points in only 12 minutes on 5-of-8 shooting. The ninth overall pick of the draft and reigning college player of the year, Burke missed the season’s first 12 games after undergoing surgery on his right index finger.
About the Mavericks: They made a gallant comeback Wednesday when they rallied from 18 points down with 3:36 left in the third period to stun Houston 123-120. Monta Ellis (season-high 37) and Dirk Nowitzki (season-high 35) combined for 72 points. ... Ellis has scored at least 18 points in all 12 games this season. ... The Mavs are 2-0 entering the last of a three-game homestand. Dallas is 6-0 at home and joins the Pacers, Spurs, Bulls and Thunder as the NBA’s only teams unbeaten at home. ... This is the front end of a back-to-back for the Mavs, who are 1-3 in such situations.
— Dwain Price