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Gameday Preview: Dallas Mavericks Try to Take Advantage of Lowly Toronto Raptors

December 14th, 2012 at 4:29 PM
By Kevin Rodriguez

Neither the Dallas Mavericks or Toronto Raptors will be at full strength on Friday night, but Dallas figures to still have the upper hand against a sliding Raptor team that currently sits 4-19.

The Mavs and Raptors get together in Toronto for their second of two matchups this season. Dirk Nowitzki still hasn't played a game all season for the Mavs, but they have hovered around .500, currently at 11-11, and are eighth in the Western Conference.

For the Mavs, O.J. Mayo has assumed the role of scoring leader, currently pacing the Dirk-less Mavs at 20.9 points a game. He has shot 48.9 percent from the field and is currently the NBA's best three-point shooter.

But one of his problems, really his only issue, have been the turnovers. In Dallas' double-overtime loss against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, Mayo turned the ball over nine times, part of the Mavs' total of 28. He seemed to have trouble with the Celtics trapping on defense, constantly picking up the dribble and not being sure what to do with the ball after.

However, Mayo scored the tying bucket that forced each of the two overtimes, but he also played almost 52 minutes.

"I wasn't tired at all," Mayo said.

Dallas will try to limit the mistakes against a Toronto team that will be without second and third-leading scorers Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry.

There really aren't any gimmes in the NBA, but this must be in the win column at the end of the night for the Dallas Mavericks.

The game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest and heard on the radio on 103.3 ESPNDallas. The game will tip around 6:10 PM CT.




Tags: Andrea Bargnani, Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, NBA, O.J. Mayo, Toronto Raptors

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