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Mavericks GameDay: Matchup with Blazers a battle of struggling teams

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, left, is one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA.
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, left, is one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA. AP

Trail Blazers at Mavericks

3 p.m. Sunday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

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

Records: Blazers 36-34, Mavs 34-35

About the Blazers: Portland blew a 20-point first-half lead and then had to rally to win in New Orleans on Friday, when it outscored the Pelicans 9-3 in the final minute. With the win, the Blazers ended a six-game road skid. ... Point guard Damian Lillard is fifth in the NBA in scoring with an average of 25.8 ppg. ... Lillard’s backcourt mate, shooting guard C.J. McCollum, averages 20.9 points. ... Lillard and McCollum are arguably the best young backcourt in the NBA. ... Allen Crabbe is a solid defender and averages 10.2 points. Former Mavs forward Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds. ... In the lone meeting between these two clubs this season, Portland lost at home to the Mavs in overtime on Dec. 1. Lillard finished that game with 25 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. ... The Blazers are eighth in the league in scoring at 104.3 points, and 19th in points allowed at 103.7 points. ... Portland has struggled on the road with only a 15-22 record.

About the Mavs: While mired in a serious fight for its playoff life, Dallas picked the worst time to go into its worst slump of the season. The Mavs enter Sunday with a 1-7 record in their past eight games. ... The good news is the Mavs are only one loss behind Portland for the No. 6 seed. The bad news is the Mavs are one game ahead of Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. ... David Lee has proved to be a valuable pickup. In his 12 games with the Mavs, Lee has four double-doubles. He had 16 points and 16 rebounds during Friday’s 130-112 loss to his old team, the Golden State Warriors. ... The Mavs are basically playing a home-and-home series with the Blazers. After Sunday’s game, the Mavs travel to Portland on Wednesday. ... The Mavs are below .500 after 69 games for the first time since they were 33-36 this deep into the 2012-13 season. ... The Mavs have lost five straight home games for the first time since American Airlines Center opened in 2001.

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