Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks take on sizzling Pistons in opener of two-game trip

Center Andre Drummond, right, torched the Mavericks and Zaza Pachulia for 25 points and 17 rebounds on March 9 as the Pistons won 102-96 in Dallas. The teams meet again Friday in Detroit (6:30 p.m., FSSW).
Center Andre Drummond, right, torched the Mavericks and Zaza Pachulia for 25 points and 17 rebounds on March 9 as the Pistons won 102-96 in Dallas. The teams meet again Friday in Detroit (6:30 p.m., FSSW). AP

Mavericks at Pistons

6:30 p.m. Friday, The Palace of Auburn Hills (Mich.)

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

Records: Mavs 37-38; Pistons 40-35

About the Mavericks: Dallas opens a two-game road trip that ends Sunday in Minnesota. ... The Mavs are riding a two-game winning streak, their first since winning three in a row from Feb. 26-March 1. ... Dirk Nowitzki has struggled while averaging 11.7 points in the last three contests since sitting out last Friday’s game at Golden State to rest. In that three-game span Nowitzki is 15 of 55 from the field and 3 of 15 from 3-point range. He had 11 points on 5 of 23 shooting during Wednesday’s win over the New York Knicks. ... The Mavs are only 14-15 against Eastern Conference teams. This is their last game against an East team this season. ... The Mavs are 16-21 on the road and are assured of having a losing record away from home.

About the Pistons: Detroit has won six of its last seven games, including Tuesday’s 88-82 victory over Oklahoma City, when Marcus Morris led the way with 24 points and Andre Drummond added 13 points and 15 rebounds. ... The Pistons wrap up a season-high nine-game homestand. They are 6-2 entering the finale, with both losses oddly against the Atlanta Hawks. ... Drummond averages 16.7 points and leads the NBA in rebounds (14.9 rpg) and double-doubles (62). ... Reggie Jackson leads Detroit in scoring (18.5 ppg) and assists (6.8 apg) and is shooting 43.6 percent from the field. ... The Pistons went into Dallas and defeated the Mavs 102-96 on March 9. Drummond finished that game with 25 points and 17 rebounds.

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