Nuggets at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN Deportes 1540 AM (Spanish)
Records: Nuggets 18-20, Mavericks 27-13
About the Nuggets: Denver comes into Friday’s game on a five-game winning streak. That includes Wednesday’s 114-107 victory at home against the Mavericks. In that game, three Nuggets posted double-doubles. Ty Lawson finished with 29 points and 12 assists, Kenneth Faried picked up 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Wilson Chandler added 15 points and 10 boards. The Nuggets shot 50 percent from the field, blocked seven shots and outrebounded the Mavs 51-39 in that game. … Faried is an energetic player and averages 8.9 rebounds, 16th in the NBA. … Lawson is second in the league in assists at 10.1. … Denver is 76-80 all-time against the Mavericks, including a 27-50 record in games played in Dallas.
About the Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo are all expected to be back in action Friday after sitting out Wednesday’s loss in Denver. Nowitzki and Chandler rested against the Nuggets after playing heavy minutes Tuesday night in Sacramento. Rondo was sidelined with a sore left Achilles that has bothered him for some time. … All five players on the Mavericks’ bench who played Wednesday scored at least 10 points as the Dallas reserves outscored their Denver counterparts 62-29. J.J. Barea produced team highs of 17 points and six assists in only 21 minutes against the Nuggets. … The five points Monta Ellis scored Wednesday — on 1-of-11 shooting — marked only the third time this season he was held below 10 points in a game.
— Dwain Price