The Dallas Mavericks are currently in a bit of a funk as they hope to avoid a third straight loss tonight. They are coming fresh off of a crushing 106-103 loss to Kristaps Porginzis’ former team, New York Knicks, on Thursday. The Mavericks will hope to grab a win as they host the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center this evening.
The Raptors, on the other hand, are coming off of a 114-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Tonight’s game will wrap up a five-game road trip for them as they go back home for the next two games. This battle will mark the first of two meetings between the Raptors and the Mavericks this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Mavericks and the Raptors have played each other a grand total of 45 times in the past as the Mavericks won 25 games while the Raptors ended up winning 20 games.
-Serge Ibaka (ankle; 14.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 52.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Kyle Lowry (thumb; 21.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 42.6 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision)
-Stanley Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (G-League)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League)
-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 11.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 51.7 FG%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff (1.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
The Raptors would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from his field, keeping the home team at thirty-nine percent shooting. Both Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet scored 13 points each, both knocking down three treys. Powell had five defensive rebounds while VanVleet had two defensive rebounds and four assists.
Pascal Siakam helped out with 11 points but shot only thirty-three percent from the field. He had two three-pointers while recording 4 assists, one steal, and one block. Three-time All-Star Marc Gasol was held to just six points but drilled a three-pointer in the first quarter. Matt Thomas played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.
On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic warmed up with 15 points, missing only three of his seven shots put up. He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal, but ended turning the ball over five times. Porzingis contributed with eight points while grabbing eight rebounds. Seth Curry saw to it that he got six points, all of which he earned from beyond the arc. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 11 minutes off the bench but only recorded four points as the Canada team went into halftime with a 60-53 advantage.
The Texas ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a huge 57-42 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field. The Mavericks’ defense limited the Raptors to thirty-seven percent shooting. During this run, Porzingis added 12 more points to his scoring total while collecting seven rebounds. Doncic earned 11 points, getting nine of them from the free-throw line. Delon Wright played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.
As for the Toronto Raptors, Powell and VanVleet combined for 24 more points while OG Anunoby had eight points. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played 15 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Mavericks came back to take the game, 110-102. Luka Doncic finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Norman Powell also had 26 points, along with 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
The Toronto Raptors will host Devonte’ Graham (18.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 39.6 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (5-7) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.
The Dallas Mavericks will host DeMar DeRozan (20.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.8 APG, 51.9 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (5-7) on Monday at 8:30 p.m. This will be the first of four times that these teams will see each other this season.