Trail Blazers at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Saturday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: FSSWRadio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN Deportes 1540 AM (Spanish)
Records: Trail Blazers 34-16, Mavericks 34-18
About the Trail Blazers: Portland recently hit hard times, losing eight of 10 games and dropping from the No. 2 seed in the West to No. 4. The Blazers have won their last two games — 103-102 over Utah on Tuesday and 108-87 over Phoenix on Thursday. … Seagoville native LaMarcus Aldridge is headed to his fifth All-Star game next week. In the victory over Phoenix, Aldridge set the Blazers’ team record for double-doubles when he registered his 220th by scoring 19 points and snatching 13 rebounds. … One of the NBA’s best point guards, Damian Lillard averages 21.3 ppg and 6.3 apg. Guard Wesley Matthews is averaging 15.9 ppg and shooting 39.9 percent from 3-point range. … The Blazers are 12-11 on the road, third in the league in rebounds (45.7 rpg), sixth in points allowed (97.2 ppg) and eighth in scoring (102.5 ppg).
About the Mavericks: After a brutal stretch where they played 19 games in the first 36 days of 2015 — 14 of those on the road — the Mavs open a three-game homestand. They’ll also host the LA Clippers on Monday and the Utah Jazz on Wednesday before resting for the All-Star break. … The Mavs have won four of their past five games. That includes Thursday’s 101-78 triumph in Sacramento when Monta Ellis scored 21 points and handed out six assists. … In the Mavs’ fifth game of the season, they lost at Portland 108-87 on Nov. 6. … The Mavs are second in the NBA in scoring (106.8 ppg) and eighth in assists (23.3 apg). … Dirk Nowitzki will be back in the starting lineup after sitting out the victory over Sacramento for some much-needed rest.