ORLANDO MAGIC (8-35) AT MAVERICKS (23-19)
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: The Eagle, 971. FM; Univision 99.1 FM (Spanish)
About the Mavericks: This is the opener of a five-game home stand for the Mavs. The home stand continues Monday against Oklahoma City, Wednesday against Toronto, Thursday against Phoenix and Jan. 23 against the Memphis Grizzlies. . . The Mavs are coming off their third impressive win during a 10-day span. On Friday, the Mavs went into Memphis and snapped the Grizzlies’ NBA-high 11-game winning streak as they prevailed, 112-85. Last Sunday the Mavs broke the Chicago Bulls’ nine-game winning streak (113-99). And on Jan. 5, the Mavs defeated the Golden State Warriors, 99-82. At the time, the Warriors had the best record in the NBA, and those 82 points are the fewest they’ve scored all season. Meanwhile, the 85 points the Grizzlies scored represent their season low, and they only scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. . .In the 27-point victory over the Grizzlies, Luka Doncic was spectacular as he finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists while racking up his 40th career triple-double. Since the inception of the Mavs in 1980, their other players have collectively combined to produce 40 triple-doubles. . .Overall against the Grizzlies, the Mavs had seven players score 10 or more points. That includes Tim Hardaway Jr. (16 points), Jalen Brunson (15 points, five rebounds, nine assists, five steals), Marquese Chriss (15 points, six rebounds), Dorian Finney-Smith (13 points), Dwight Powell (13 points, five boards) and Reggie Bullock (10 points, nine boards). . .The Mavs outrebounded the Grizzlies, 52-41, and have won seven of their last eight games.
About the Magic: Unfortunately for the Magic, they’ve struggled mightily this season under new leadership. Orlando owns the worst record in the NBA and have won only eight games this season. But the Magic come to Dallas after impressively getting win No. 8 Friday night on the road against the Charlotte Hornets, 116-109. That snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Magic and was their first victory since Dec. 22 when they won at Atlanta, 104-98. . .Paced by 26 points on 11-of-17 shots from Moritz Wanger, Orlando’s bench outscored Charlotte’s bench, 55-19. Also off the Magic’s bench, rookie Jalen Suggs – the fifth overall pick in last summer’s NBA Draft – contributed 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and Terrence Ross added 10 points. . .This is the first matchup between the Mavs and Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley. Hired by Orlando last summer, Mosley was an assistant coach with the Mavs under former head coach Rick Carlisle from 2014 until he became the head coach of the Magic. . .In addition to their recent 10-game losing streak, earlier this season the Magic had a four-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak as they’re trying to rebuild from the ground up with a bunch of young players. . .Despite their record, the Magic have a few impressive wins on their resume. Cole Anthony poured in 33 points to lead the Magic to a stunning 107-100 triumph over the Utah Jazz on Nov. 7. Anthony also had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Orlando rolled to a 108-103 win over Denver on Dec. 1. Also, Robin Lopez manufactured 20 points and 10 boards and the Magic went to Brooklyn and upset the Nets, 100-93, on Dec. 18.