Dallas Mavericks

Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder

Dallas Mavericks (22-17) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (26-12)

8:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 13, 2015 – Chesapeake Energy Arena

STARTING LINEUP: OKC STARTING LINEUP: DAL
Russell Westbrook G Deron Williams G
Andre Roberson G Wesley Matthews G
Kevin Durant F Chandler Parsons F
Serge Ibaka F Dirk Nowitzki F
Steven Adams C Zaza Pachulia C

Key Reserves

OKC Thunder: Enes Kanter, Dion Waiters, Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow Nick Collison

Dallas Mavericks: J.J. Barea, Raymond Felton, Devin Harris, Dwight Powell, Charlie Villanueva, JaVale McGee

 

OKC Stats Leaders:                     Dallas Stats Leaders:

Points Per Game:                            Points Per Game:

Kevin Durant (26.6)                       Dirk Nowitzki (17.7)

 

Rebounds Per Game:                      Rebounds Per Game

Kevin Durant (7.7)                         Zaza Pachulia  (10.9)

 

Assists Per Game:                           Assists Per Game:

Russell Westbrook (9.5)                Deron Williams (5.7)

 

Steals Per Game:                             Steals Per Game:

Russell Westbrook (2.5)                Devin Harris (1.1)

 

Blocks Per Game:                           Blocks Per Game:

Serge Ibaka (2.3)                            JaVale McGee (0.9)

 

Thunder-Mavericks Preview

After an overtime loss against LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, now the Dallas Mavericks must face Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Even though both teams are coming off of back-to-back games the Mavericks (22-17) figure to be the more tired team after an overtime loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, as James and Irving combined for 49 points in the win.

Fatigue will be a factor against the Thunder (27-12), who won 101-96 at Minnesota on Tuesday.  Durant finished with 30 points on the night, 12 of which came over the final 2:54 in the game.

Westbrook came close to another triple-double having 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Thunder won for the seventh time in nine games.

The Mavericks will face Durant for the first time this season since he was out in the teams first meeting, a Thunder win 117-114 on Nov. 22.  Westbrook had 31 points and 11 assists, scoring Oklahoma City’s final six points down the stretch.

Oklahoma City is 2-4 in the second half of back-to-backs and Dallas is 6-3.  However, the Thunder have won nine of their last 11 at home over the Mavericks.

Coach Rick Carlisle rested four of his starters on a back-to-back this past week against the New Orleans Pelicans. Chandler Parsons being the only regular starter who remained in the lineup.  Despite the tough overtime loss, Carlisle will need his starters against the highly offensive Thunder.

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