Mavericks at Lakers
8:30 p.m. Sunday, Staples Center, Los Angeles
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)
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Records: Mavs 40-24; Lakers 16-45
About the Mavs: After missing the past seven games with a sprain and bone bruise to his left ankle, small forward Chandler Parsons will be back in the lineup. ... Dirk Nowitzki said the Lakers matchup is “a must-win” game for the Mavs. After Sunday, the Mavs return for a challenging five-game homestand against Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City, Orlando and Memphis. ... This is the finale of a three-game road trip. The Mavs lost the first two games to Portland (94-75) and Golden State (104-89). ... Dallas shot 37.5 percent from the field against Portland and 36.8 percent against Golden State. The Mavs combined to shoot 8-of-36 from 3-point range in those two games. ... Portland outrebounded the Mavs by 17 and Golden State outrebounded them by 15.
About the Lakers: The Lakers are headed to the lottery again after season-ending injuries to Kobe Bryant and rookie Julius Randle. ... The Lakers have the league’s fourth-worst record. They’re 9-20 at home and 7-31 against the West. ... The Lakers, who have lost their last four games, are last in the league in points allowed (105.8 ppg), 20th in assists (20.8 apg) and 18th in scoring (99.4 ppg). ... Nick Young averages 13.4 points per game and Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. ...The Lakers lost to the Mavs in Dallas 140-106 on Nov. 21.