Pacers at Mavericks

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Practice: McMillan on Rematch with Mavs, Team's Health

Feb. 25, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan discusses Monday's game in Dallas against a Mavericks team that won in Indiana on Dec. 27 and give updates on Glenn Robinson III and Darren Collison.

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Practice: McMillan on Rematch with Mavs, Team's Health

Feb. 25, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan discusses Monday's game in Dallas against a Mavericks team that won in Indiana on Dec. 27 and give updates on Glenn Robinson III and Darren Collison.
Feb 25, 2018  |  01:49

Pacers Discuss Improved Rebounding

Feb. 24, 2018 - After practice, Victor Oladipo and Nate McMillan met with the media and shared their thoughts on why the Pacers have been a better rebounding team as of late.
Feb 24, 2018  |  02:49

Game Preview: Pacers at Mavericks

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:30 PM ET at American Airlines Center
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Last Updated: Feb. 23 at 10:40 pm ET

Matchup

After taking care of business against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, Indiana looks to extend its four-game winning streak as they open up a lengthy road trip.

Their four-game road swing begins in Dallas on Monday night, where they'll face Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.

On Friday, opening up their first game out of the All-Star break, the Pacers looked like a refreshed bunch, dishing out 30 assists as second-year forward Domantas Sabonis led the team in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

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Now that they've secured their 21st home victory of the season, the Pacers have just nine left at the Fieldhouse, with the remainder of their scheduling offering a healthy dose of road games.

Monday's opponent, the Mavericks, have been a team that has struggled for the majority of the season, but still managed to hand the Pacers a loss during their previous meeting this season.

With Nowitzki continuing to be an effective player, the Mavericks offense has been buoyed by the play of Harrison Barnes (18.3 ppg) and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. (14.8 ppg).

The Mavs entered the All-Star break on a slide, however, losing 12 of their last 15 games before the stoppage.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Cory Joseph, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Mavericks: PG - Dennis Smith Jr., SG - Jose Juan Barea, SF - Wesley Matthews, PF - Harrison Barnes, C - Dirk Nowitzki

Injury Report

Pacers: Darren Collison - out (left knee arthroscopic surgery rehab)

Mavericks: Seth Curry - out (left leg surgery), Dorian Finney-Smith - out (left knee quadriceps tendinitis), Nerlens Noel - out (left thumb surgery)

Last Meeting

December 27, 2017: The Pacers had a chance to pull of a heroic comeback at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but ended up falling short, losing 98-94 to the Dallas Mavericks in one of their final games of 2017.

Trailing by one point, Lance Stephenson controlled the ball with 34 seconds left in the game. Mavericks defender Wesley Matthews managed to poke the ball free from Stephenson, which turned into a fastbreak layup, putting Dallas up by three.

A 3-point attempt by Darren Collison sailed wide at the buzzer, dropping the Pacers to a dispiriting defeat.

"I thought we didn't get out and get enough transition. They established a tempo and we played at their tempo the entire game," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said after the game.

Noteworthy

  • The Mavericks lead the all-time series 41-31 and have won their last two games against the Pacers.
  • Pacers assistant coach Popeye Jones started his NBA career as a player with the Mavericks in 1993.
  • Myles Turner grew up in Bedford, Texas, a suburb near Dallas.

Tickets

Following a four-game road trip, the Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Away Game Night Special

Pacers Retro Mini Ball - $10. Game Night Specials can be purchased online the day of each away game from 10:00 AM - Midnight. Order Online »