Dallas Mavericks

Winless Mavericks seek to avoid dubious season-opening record

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, is averaging 15.5 points in the two games he’s played this season, his 19th in the NBA.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, is averaging 15.5 points in the two games he’s played this season, his 19th in the NBA. AP

Trail Blazers at Mavericks

7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM; ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)

Records: Trail Blazers 2-3; Mavericks 0-4

About the Trail Blazers: This will be the third game in four days for the Blazers. They lost the other two, getting drilled at home by Golden State 127-104 on Tuesday and losing 118-115 Wednesday in overtime at Phoenix on Eric Bledsoe’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. ... Portland’s talented young backcourt has been exceptional this season. Damian Lillard is third in the NBA in scoring with 32.6 points per game, and also averages six rebounds and 4.6. assists per game. Meanwhile, C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals, and is shooting 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. ... Rookie Jake Layman, a 6-foot-9 forward, made his NBA debut in the final quarter of the Warriors’ blowout and hit 5 of 7 3-point attempts for 17 points in eight minutes.

About the Mavericks: The Mavericks (0-4), Pelicans (0-5), 76ers (0-4) and Wizards (0-3) are the only teams without a win this season. ... Despite some of the horrific teams they put on the court in the 1990s, the Mavericks have never started a season 0-5. The only other time they started the season 0-4 was during the 2006-07 campaign. Then the Mavs rallied and amazingly won 67 of their last 78 games and went into the playoffs with the NBA’s best record. ... Point guard Deron Williams (strained groin) is questionable for Friday’s game. Williams endured a similar issue last season and underwent sports hernia surgery over the off-season.

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