NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 9th
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (3-3) at Milwaukee Bucks (2-2), 8:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks will try to get one win on their
current road trip when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night at the
The Mavericks lost by 14 to the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night, then
Dallas suffered a 116-108 setback Friday night in Minnesota to the
Against the Wolves, Dallas shot 48.9 percent from the field, but gave up 100-
plus points for the sixth time in six games.
"We've got to play a little bit harder and we've got to compete a little bit
harder," said Dirk Nowitzki, who, after 14 points against Minnesota, needs 31
points to pass Jerry West for 16th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. "We've
got to compete a little harder on the glass and we've got to be on the same
Monta Ellis had 23 points to lead the Mavs, followed by 21 from Jose Calderon.
Nowitzki had 14 and Shawn Marion and Jae Crowder both netted 10 points apiece.
Vince Carter was suspended for the Timberwolves game after throwing an elbow
and connecting with Steven Adams of the Thunder.
The Bucks got back into the win column on Wednesday with a 109-104 victory at
home over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Things haven't been too great for the Bucks, despite a decent record.
Larry Sanders, who emerged as a real defensive force last season, hasn't been
happy with his playing time under new head coach Larry Drew. He compounded his
problems by injuring his hand in an alleged bar fight last weekend.
"I put myself in a bad situation over the weekend, didn't make the best
decisions," Sanders said. "I offer my apologies to everyone. I'm going to be
Sanders won't be charged for the incident. He is listed as questionable.
The injury bug has bitten the Bucks hard. Against the Cavs, Sanders, Ersan
Ilyasova, Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour all sat and their availability for
Saturday is unknown.
Despite the physical ailments, the Bucks bested Cleveland thanks to balanced
scoring. Five of the eight Bucks who played on Wednesday scored in double
figures, led by 28 from O.J. Mayo and 23 from Gary Neal.
Milwaukee shot a blistering 56.5 percent from long range against the
The teams split last season's two meetings with each winning on the other's
court. Dallas is 5-18 in its last 23 in Milwaukee.
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