Preview: The Mavs continue their road trip against Curry, Thompson and Warriors
MAVERICKS (35-25) AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (43-17)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Chase Center, San Francisco
TV: BSSW, ESPN
Radio: The Eagle, 97.1 FM; Univision 99.1 FM (Spanish)
About the Mavericks: This is the second game of a three-game road trip for the Mavs. The journey began with Friday’s 114-109 loss to the Utah Jazz. After tonight’s game, the Mavs will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers on Tuesday before returning home to entertain the Warriors on Thursday. . The Mavs were outscored 54-42 in the second half of the loss to the Jazz after leading 67-60 at halftime. Luka Doncic (23 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists), Dwight Powell (22 points, 26 minutes), Spencer Dinwiddie (20 points, 26 minutes) and Davis Bertans (17 points, 19 minutes) led the fight against the Jazz. Powell was 9 of 12 from the field, Dinwiddie converted 8 of 12 shots and Bertans made five of his eight three-point attempts. . .The Mavs are 15-14 on the road this season and 24-15 against Western Conference foes. . Earlier this year, the Mavs and Warriors shared a pair of games, with each team winning on their respective home turf. Returning Jan. 5 at the American Airlines Center, Doncic had 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals as he led the Mavs to a 99-82 win over the Warriors. The 82 points remain the lowest number of points the Warriors have scored in a game this season. . .Despite 25 points and eight rebounds from Doncic, the Warriors regrouped and defeated the Mavs, 130-92, in San Francisco on Jan. 25. . .Jalen Brunson is averaging career highs in points (16.1 ppg, rebounds (3.8 rpg) and assists (5.4 rpg). Starting the last 35 games, Brunson has averaged 17.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 5.7 apg…Powell has scored in double digits in 20 games this season, and the Mavs are healthy 16-4 in those games.
About the Warriors: After winning nine straight games, the Warriors suddenly hit a bump in the road and have now lost four of their last six games. However, the Warriors edged out the Portland Trail Blazers, 132-95, last Thursday behind 18 points and 14 assists from Stephen Curry and 18 points from Klay Thompson. . Led by Curry, the Warriors own the NBA’s best home record at 26-6. They also have the second-best record in the league at 43-17. . .Curry enters tonight’s game holding the NBA record for making at least one three-point shot in 180 straight games. Curry averages 25.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 6.5 apg. . In that 17-point loss to the Mavs earlier this season, Curry scored just 14 points and was just 5 of 24 from the field and 1 of 9 from beyond the three-point strip. . .Curry has 1,357 career interceptions, just three shy of the Warriors franchise record of 1,360 held by Chris Mullin. . In the 17 games he has played since returning after missing two and a half years due to injury, Thompson is averaging 17.1 points per game. The Warriors are 9-8 since Thompson returned Jan. 9. The heart and soul of the Warriors, forward Draymond Green has missed the last 22 games with a disc injury. . Fresh off alongside Curry in last week’s All-Star Game, Andrew Wiggins is averaging 17.6 points per game and career highs from the field (47.8%) and three-point field (40 .9%). . Forward Jonathan Kuminga has been a very bright off the bench this season for the Warriors. The rookie from the Democratic Republic of Congo is averaging 8.1 points per game and brings a ton of energy to the pitch once he enters the game.