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Mavericks GameDay: Dallas can clinch playoff spot with victory

Dirk Nowitzki, right, scored 21 points against Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Nowitzki had gone six consecutive games scoring under 20 points before that game.
Dirk Nowitzki, right, scored 21 points against Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Nowitzki had gone six consecutive games scoring under 20 points before that game. AP

Mavericks at Clippers

2:30 p.m. Sunday, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles

TV: KTXA/21, NBA TV Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)

Records: Mavs 41-38, Clippers 51-28

About the Mavs: The magic number for Dallas to clinch a playoff spot is one. The Mavs will qualify for the postseason with either their next win or a loss by the Houston Rockets. ... The Mavs are 1-2 against the Clippers this season. They lost in Los Angeles 104-88 on Oct. 29 and 109-90 in Dallas on March 7. But the Mavs defeated the Clippers in Dallas 118-108 on Nov. 11. ... Guards Deron Williams (sports hernia) and J.J. Barea (strained right groin) are questionable for Sunday’s game. ... Dirk Nowitzki snapped out of a shooting slump Friday when he scored 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the 103-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Nowitzki had gone six straight games without scoring at least 20 points.

About the Clippers: Los Angeles is virtually locked in as the Western Conference’s No. 4 seed. ... The Clippers rested Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin for Friday’s game at Utah, but were still able to defeat the Jazz 102-99 in overtime. Jamal Crawford led the way with 30 points, Cole Aldrich had 21 points and 18 rebounds, and Paul Pierce and Jeff Green added 18 points apiece. ... Paul, Jordan, Redick and Griffin are all expected to play against the Mavs. ... The Clippers are 27-12 at home and have won four games in a row. They defeated Washington 114-109, the Los Angeles Lakers twice, 103-81 and 91-81, and the Jazz. ... The Clippers are sixth in the NBA in scoring at 104.5 ppg.

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