The Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies have two of the highest-scoring offenses in the league, but only the Mavericks have been able to consistently win games with that approach.

Dallas and its potent offense look to win its sixth straight game over the Grizzlies on Wednesday when it visits FedEx Forum.

Memphis (12-34) has the seventh-highest scoring offense (100.7 points per game) in the league, and has been scoring more points since Tony Barone was named interim coach on Dec. 28 and introduced a fast-paced offensive game plan.

Since Dec. 30, the Grizzlies are averaging 112.2 points - tied for the highest with Phoenix in that span - in their last 16 games, but have only six wins in those contests.

They're averaging 121.0 points in their last four games, but also giving up 123.5 points per game in those contests.

Memphis has allowed at least 100 points in a franchise-record 22 straight games, while the Mavericks (37-9) have won 22 straight games when scoring at least 100 points.

Dallas owns the ninth-highest scoring offense (100.3 ppg) and set a season high for points in its 122-102 victory over Seattle on Tuesday for its 10th win in the last 11 games. The Mavericks also improved to 23-2 since Dec. 13.

The Mavericks overcame an off night from Dirk Nowitzki and were without their second-leading scorer Josh Howard, who missed the game for the birth of his first child, but manged to get a career-high 34 points Austin Croshere.

Croshere, who began the night averaging 2.9 points, played 24 minutes as a reserve in Howard's absence and was 7-of-10 from 3-point range.

"It was a great night for Cro,'' Dallas guard Jerry Stackhouse said. "Everybody's been pulling for him. He's been very supportive of us. Josh was out and Dirk didn't have a great game, but it didn't matter. Cro was our MVP tonight.''

Howard is expected to rejoin the team for this game.

Nowitzki finished with 15 points - 10.1 points less than his season average - and six rebounds, 3.5 less than his season average, but the 7-footer has 50 points and 23 boards in the Mavericks' two wins over Memphis this season.

Dallas has won five straight, and 10 of its last 11 over the Grizzlies, including a 115-103 win at the FedEx Forum on Nov. 17 and an 89-84 win at home one day later.

The Mavericks have also won five straight games at Memphis, where Nowitzki has averaged 25.4 points and 11.4 boards in that span.

The Grizzlies defeated Sacramento 124-117 on Monday as Pau Gasol scored a season-high 34 points on 14-of-17 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a franchise-record eight shots.

"I think Pau's effort indicates his capabilities,'' Barone said. "He had eight blocked shots. That's a key for us obviously. If he can do that for us, it gives us a presence in the paint.''

Gasol, who requested to be traded last week, is averaging 25.0 points and 11.8 rebounds in his last five games while shooting 57.1 percent.

The 7-foot Spaniard missed the first two meetings of the season against the Mavericks while recovering from offseason foot surgery, but he averaged 23.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in four games against them last season.


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