MAVERICKS (29-21) AT ORLANDO MAGIC (10-40)
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Amway Center, Orlando
Radio: The Eagle, 97.1 FM; Univision 99.1 FM (Spanish)
About the Mavericks: As winners of 13 of their last 16 games, the Mavs are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. . .This is a one-game trip before the Mavs return to Dallas to start a season-high six-game home stand Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The home stand continues Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers, Feb. 6 against the Atlanta Hawks, Feb. 8 against the Detroit Pistons, and a pair of games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 10 and Feb. 12 before the Mavs hit the road again to play the Miami Heat on Feb. 15. . .The Mavs are coming off Saturday’s impressive 132-105 victory over the Indiana Pacers. In that game Luka Doncic finished with 30 points, six rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks. It was the 25th time this season and the 150th time in Doncic’s career that he produced a 20-point, five-rebound, five-assist game. . .Also against the Pacers, Reggie Bullock tallied a season-high 23 points, Maxi Kleber contributed 15 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds, and Jalen Brunson added 13 points and eight assists. In addition, Josh Green scored 12 points and Dwight Powell had 10 points and two blocks. Bullock was 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from 3-point range. . .Kristaps Porzingis only played 11 minutes against the Pacers after suffering right knee soreness. . .The Mavs’ starters outscored the Pacers’ starters 68-54 and the Mavs’ bench outscored the Pacers’ bench 64-51. . .Saturday was the fifth time the Mavs have scored at least 130 points in a game this season and the first time they’ve done it in consecutive games. They also scored 132 points in Wednesday’s 20-point win over Portland.
About the Magic: It’s been a tough rebuilding season for the Magic and first-year coach Jamahl Mosley, who was an assistant coach with the Mavs the previous seven seasons. A team stacked with a slew of young players trying to make their mark in the NBA, the Magic own the worst record in the entire league. . .All records aside, the Magic enters tonight’s game tying for their best three-game stretch of the season. . .When they beat Brooklyn (100-93) and Atlanta (104-98) on Dec. 18 and Dec. 22, respectively, that’s the only time this season the Magic has won consecutive games. As of now, Orlando comes into tonight’s game winners in two of its past three games. . .Last Sunday, Moritz Wagner poured in 23 points and his younger brother, Franz Wagner, popped in 18 points and handed out five assists as the Magic ended a nine-game home losing streak with a surprising 114-95 win over the Chicago Bulls. Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the upset victory over the Bulls, and rookie Jalen Suggs added 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a pair of steals. . .This past Friday, the Magic broke out to a 39-19 lead after the first quarter and went on to defeat the Detroit Pistons, 119-103. Franz Wagner led the way with 24 points, Terrence Ross scored 21 points, and Mo Bamba collected 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. . .The Magic are 4-18 at home and 3-12 against Western Conference competition. . .Orlando has the third-worst plus/minus differential in the NBA at minus eight. The Magic are averaging 102.4 ppg and are allowing 110.4 ppg. . .The Magic just lost to the Mavs in Dallas, 108-92, on Jan. 15.
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