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GameDay: Dallas Mavericks play host to struggling Denver Nuggets

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is third in the NBA in field goal shooting at 58.5 percent.
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is third in the NBA in field goal shooting at 58.5 percent. AP

Nuggets at Mavericks

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

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

Records: Nuggets 6-9; Mavs 9-7

About the Nuggets: After a decent start, the Nuggets are reeling and enter Saturday’s game with four straight losses. Eight of Denver’s nine losses have been by 11 or more points. ... This is the second night of a back-to-back for the Nuggets, who hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. The Nuggets are 0-3 this season on the second leg of a back-to-back. ... Danilo Gallinari leads Denver in scoring with 18.2 ppg and also averages 6.4 rpg. ... Kenneth Faried averages 12.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg, and is third in the NBA in field-goal shooting at 58.5 percent. … The Nuggets are ranked 24th in points allowed at 105.3 ppg.

About the Mavericks: The Mavs come home for one game on a three-game losing streak. After Saturday’s game the Mavs hit the road for games on consecutive nights in Sacramento on Monday and in Portland on Tuesday. ... The Mavs are 4-2 at home and have won their past four home games. ... Dirk Nowitzki averages 17.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg. He also is 16th in the league in field-goal shooting (52.7 percent) and first in 3-point shooting (51 percent). ... Zaza Pachulia is averaging 10.4 ppg and 9.4 rpg and is tied for third in the NBA in double-doubles with nine. ... The Mavs are 15th in scoring (100.6 ppg) and 15th in fewest points allowed (100.3 ppg).

Dwain Price

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