Game Preview: Mavericks-Nuggets

Denver faces Dallas looking to snap six-game losing streak
by Aaron Lopez

After subpar performances in their past two nationally televised games, the Denver Nuggets have an opportunity to improve their image.

The Nuggets will look to snap their six-game losing streak Wednesday night when they face the Dallas Mavericks at Pepsi Center. The game will be broadcast on Altitude Sports & Entertainment and ESPN.

In its most recent national TV appearance last Thursday on TNT, Denver scored eight points in the first quarter of a 23-point home loss to the Brooklyn Nets. That came six days after a 28-point loss to the Chicago Bulls on ESPN.

The Nuggets were without Ty Lawson for both of those games, but they'll have their top player leading the way against Dallas.

Lawson scored 31 points and added 11 assists and four steals against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. It was his first game since fracturing a rib on Feb. 8.


WHEN: 6 p.m. MT
WHERE: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV; RADIO: Altitude, ESPN; AM-950

DENVER (25-34)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

DALLAS (36-25)
F Shawn Marion
F Dirk Nowitzki
C Samuel Dalembert
G Monta Ellis
G Jose Calderon

Danilo Gallinari (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson are out.
DALLAS: None to report.

The Nuggets have won 16 of the past 24 regular-season meetings between the teams . . . Denver is just 6-4 at home against Dallas since the 2008-09 season, and 11-8 since 2003-04 . . . The Nuggets have gone 8-4 on the road against Dallas the last five regular seasons. However, the Mavericks still own a home record of 22-9 against Denver since the 1997-98 season . . . The Nuggets are 13-8 against the Mavericks in head-to-head matchups since 2007-08, not to mention 17-6 when including the postseason . . . Denver has posted multiple wins against the Mavericks only four times in the last 16 seasons since 1996-97.