Mavericks at Jazz
The Dallas Mavericks try to pick up a rare victory Monday when they kick off a three-game road trip against the Utah Jazz. Dallas has lost eight of its last nine contests and is just 5-14 on the road this season. The Mavericks are coming off a 99-96 overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets at home on Saturday, their fourth straight defeat at American Airlines Center after starting the season with an 8-3 record there. It was the 10th consecutive overtime setback for Dallas, tying the NBA record.
Utah began the month with impressive triumphs over the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns before getting trounced by the Nuggets in Denver on Saturday. The Jazz hung tough in the first half but trailed by 11 points after three quarters and were on the wrong side of a 19-6 run in the fourth. Utah is 10-4 at home but has lost three of the last four games in its own building.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas), ROOT Sports (Utah)
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (13-21): Forward Dirk Nowitzki made his first start of the season Saturday and produced a team-high 20 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes. Nowitzki, who underwent knee surgery in October, had a chance to put Dallas ahead with 18.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter but made only one of two free throws, forcing overtime. The German star has 24,214 career points, placing him fourth among foreign-born players and putting him 155 behind Allen Iverson for 18th place on the all-time list. Dallas requested waivers on guard Chris Douglas-Roberts on Sunday. Douglas-Roberts averaged 2.8 points in six games for the Mavs.
ABOUT THE JAZZ (17-18): Guard Randy Foye is one of the league's most dangerous 3-point shooters this season. Foye has made 72 of his 178 attempts and ranks ninth overall in successful shots. New Orleans' Ryan Anderson leads the NBA with 106. After averaging 13.3 points over 30.9 minutes while starting the first 10 games of the season, swingman Gordon Hayward has the exact same average while playing 24.5 minutes in 25 contests as a reserve. Center Enes Kanter has missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle, while guard Mo Williams is expected to be out another six weeks following Friday's surgery on his right thumb.
1. The Jazz posted a 113-94 home victory over the Mavericks on Oct. 31 in the first meeting this season.
2. Utah owns a 57-18 all-time home record against Dallas.
3. The Mavericks already have played seven overtime games this season, one shy of matching the franchise record.
PREDICTION: Jazz 92, Mavericks 89.