Irving and Brooklyn go to Doncic and the Mavericks
Brooklyn Nets (43-23, second in Eastern Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (37-28, fifth in Western Conference)
Dallas; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving meet when Dallas takes on Brooklyn. Doncic is fourth in the NBA with an average of 28.5 points per game and Irving is eighth in the league with an average of 27.0 points per game.
The Mavericks have won 17-15 in home games. Dallas is sixth in the Western Conference in team defense, allowing only 110 points while opponents shoot 46%.
The nets are 18-15 in street games. Brooklyn ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference with 44.4 rebounds per game, led by James Harden averaging 8.7.
The teams meet for the second time this season. The Mavericks won 115-98 in their final match on February 27th. Doncic led Dallas with 27 points and Harden led Brooklyn with 29 points.
TOP PERFORMER: Doncic leads the Mavericks with 8.9 assists and scores 28.5 points per game. Dorian Finney-Smith scores 56.0% and averaged 12.4 points in the last 10 games for Dallas.
Kevin Durant leads the Nets with an average of 28.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Irving averages 22.4 points and five rebounds while shooting 38.0% in the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
LAST 10 MATCHES: Mavericks: 7-3, averaging 116.2 points, 41.9 rebounds, 22.9 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while 48.5% is shot from the field. Your opponents averaged 111 points at 48.3% shooting.
Nets: 5-5, averaging 116.8 points, 44.8 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.6 blocks per game when shooting 47.3% out of the field. Your opponents averaged 116 points at 45.9% shooting.
INJURIES: Mavericks: Tyrell Terry: off (personally), Maxi Kleber: off (Achilles), Kristaps Porzingis: off (knee).
Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie: Out of Season (ACL), James Harden: Out (thigh), Chris Chiozza: Out (hand).
The Associated Press created this story with the technology of Data Skrive and data from Sports Radar.
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