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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 20,209
Mavericks try for 15th straight win over Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
- This will be the first meeting between the Lakers and the Mavericks in 2017-18. Dallas has won the last 14 games in this series, with the Lakers' last victory over the Mavericks coming on April 2, 2013. This win streak is tied for the second-longest active one by one team over a single opponent (OKC, 17 vs Phi).
- The Lakers have allowed 110 or more points in each of their last six road games (1-5). On the season, they are giving up 112.4 points per game in their road contests, which is the third-highest opponent PPG in the league.
- The Mavericks defeated the Hornets on Wednesday despite getting outscored by 24 (56-32) points in the paint. With the victory, they improved to 3-9 on the season when getting outscored in the paint by 10+ points.
- Lonzo Ball has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in three straight games. On the season, he is averaging 7.1 rebounds per game; entering this weekend, was second most by a player listed at 6'6" or shorter (Russell Westbrook (OKC), 9.6) (minimum 0.7 G/team G).
- Dennis Smith Jr. has scored in double figures in each of his last seven games, tying the longest such streak of the rookie's career (done twice before).
- Dwight Powell has made 72.5 percent of his shot attempts from 0-8 feet from the basket this season. Entering this weekend's play, that was the highest FG percentage in the NBA (minimum 50 FGM from 0-8 ft). Salah Mejri, meanwhile, has the second-highest such FG percentage (.720).
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The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers hook up Saturday afternoon both feeding off some much-needed positive energy.
For clubs near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, they'll take any reason for optimism.
The Mavericks (15-28) return home to American Airlines Center off a surprising back-to-back sweep earlier this week. Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak by routing Orlando 114-99 at home Wednesday before slipping past Charlotte 115-111 the next night on the road.
"We're a resilient group," said Harrison Barnes, the team's leading scorer at 18.8 points per game. "We lost three games at home, and all three were close games. And to lose like that, it's kind of like it's devastating.
"But then to come back these last two, it feels good. So, I'm excited with the way we're playing. I think we're competing harder and we're executing better. And it's a long road ahead, but we've just got to continue taking it one game at a time."
Harrison scored 13 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter against the Hornets. Included was a stretch of nine consecutive points for Harrison, who is more often than not the focal point down the stretch.
"He's the guy that's going to be that guy," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "You know, he's going to be involved in some kind of action. He's either going to touch the ball, or he's going to be a key screener and probably touch the ball.
"Look, he's had a year and a half of this now. Last year was a good initiation for him on a team that had struggles, had injuries and a tough schedule early. He was really thrown into the fire early and learned a lot about what it's all about. But don't forget he's a former starter on a championship team, and he was a great player in college. This shouldn't surprise anybody."
The Lakers (14-27) have reeled off three wins in a row after a nine-game skid, culminating in Thursday's 93-81 home win over San Antonio behind 26 points from Brandon Ingram.
The Spurs made a concerted effort to keep Ingram out of the lane by giving the small forward the mid-range jumper. Ingram gladly accepted, knocking down 11 of 21 shots en route to his third 20 point-game in his last four starts.
"Just reading the defense, trying to be better off of instincts," Ingram said. "Whether guys are far back or too close, I can drive around them, I'm just trying to read the defense and make the best play."
The matchup also features dynamic rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr. squaring off for the first time as pros. Ball was the second pick in the draft, with Smith picked ninth.
Dallas owns a 14-game winning against the Lakers, having swept the last four season series. It's the Mavs' longest current winning streak against any team and tied for the Lakers' longest losing streak.
The Lakers waived Vander Blue on Friday. He signed to a two-way contract Oct. 18 and appeared in five games.
Updated January 13, 2018