Knicks at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: FSSW Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM and 1540 AM (Spanish)
Records: Knicks 30-45; Mavericks 36-38
About the Knicks: New York has lost five of its last seven games with the only wins in back-to-back games against the Chicago Bulls. The Knicks won in Chicago 115-107 on March 23 and at home 106-94 the next night. On Monday, Carmelo Anthony had 22 points, five rebounds and six assists in a 99-91 losing effort at New Orleans. Anthony leads the team in points (22.0), rebounds (7.9) and shares the assists lead (4.2) with Jose Calderon. Twenty-year-old Latvian rookie Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 forward/center who was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, is second on the team in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (7.3), averages nearly two blocks a game and has been a starter in all 72 games he’s played.
About the Mavericks: They have gone 4-10 in the month of March. Just back from a 1-3 road trip, Dallas will only be home long enough to play the Knicks before heading to Detroit on Friday and Minnesota on Sunday. Rookie Justin Anderson and second-year forward Dwight Powell brought energy and athleticism to the Mavs while combining for 27 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in Monday’s 97-88 win at Denver. Guard Deron Williams is still recovering from abdominal and groin injuries that have nagged him for about three weeks. Williams has missed the last three games. A win Wednesday would guarantee the Mavs finish the season with a winning record at home, as they go into the game with a 20-17 home mark.