Mavericks (19-9) at Raptors (20-8)
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Place: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: ESPN, 103.3 FM, Univision, 1270 AM (Spanish)
About the Mavs: They are playing with house money, so to speak, in the finale of this road trip. They already have won at Philadelphia on Friday night and own a sparkling 11-2 road record. Not that it gets any easier. This is just the third of six games out of eight on the road, stretching to New Year’s Eve . . . They have won at Milwaukee and Philadelphia in the last two weeks without Luka Doncic. Can they keep that run going? He is likely to miss his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle . . . During his absence, Kristaps Porzingis has averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds . . . This will be the finale of a five-game stretch against some of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. So far, the Mavericks have won on the road against Milwaukee and Philadelphia and lost at home against Miami and Boston. Apart from Indiana, the Mavericks will have seen all of the Eastern Conference’s best teams when they depart Toronto Sunday evening . . . The Mavericks have lost four games in a row in Toronto.
About the Raptors: They will be without rising star Pascal Siakim, Norman Powell and veteran center Marc Gasol, all of whom are out with injuries . . . They are left with Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby, who combined for 85 points in their last game, a 122-118 win against Washington on Friday . . . They won both games against the Mavericks last season, by an average of six points. Of the last 14 meetings, 11 have been decided by single digits . . . The Raptors are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league at nearly 38 percent, but their true calling is their defense. They are second in the league in field goal percentage defense at 41.9 percent and seventh in points allowed at 105.9 per game . . . They are third-best in the league at forcing turnovers, causing opponents to turn it over 16.5 times per game.