Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks GameDay: Dallas tries to build momentum against last-place Lakers

Kobe Bryant has missed the past two games with a back injury but is expected to play Friday in what could be his final appearance in Dallas.
Kobe Bryant has missed the past two games with a back injury but is expected to play Friday in what could be his final appearance in Dallas. AP

Lakers at Mavericks

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

TV: FSSW Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM,

ESPN/1540 (Sp.)

Records: Lakers 1-7;

Mavs 4-4

About the Lakers: LA comes to Dallas after Wednesday’s 101-99 loss in Orlando when Magic center Nikola Vucevic hit an 18-footer at the buzzer. ... The Lakers also suffered a one-point loss to Minnesota (112-111) and a four-point loss to New York (99-95). ... The Lakers have lost three consecutive games and are last in the Pacific Division. ... If he retires after this season, this will be Kobe Bryant’s last appearance in Dallas. Bryant, who averages a team-high 16.5 points per game, missed the past two games with a back injury but is expected to play. ... Plano native Julius Randle averages 11.9 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game.

About the Mavericks: Dallas is coming off an impressive 118-108 victory over the LA Clippers. Dirk Nowitzki grabbed 11 rebounds, poured in a season-high 31 points in 33 minutes and was 11 of 14 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. ... Wesley Matthews had his best all-around game since joining the Mavericks this past summer. He finished with a season-high 25 points and six rebounds, and held point guard Chris Paul to 11 points on 2-of-11 shooting. ... This is the third game in four days for the Mavericks, who play in Houston on Saturday.

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