Preview: Indiana At Dallas

When: 8:30 PM  ET, Friday, December 9, 2016
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Matchup Edge
IND Edge in: DAL
Points Per Game
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
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The Dallas Mavericks are by far the lowest-scoring team in the NBA at an average of 92.1 points - nearly six points fewer than the next club - and are coming off one of their worst losses. The Indiana Pacers, who visit the Mavericks on Friday, own one of the worst scoring defenses in the Eastern Conference but make up some of the difference with a potent offense.

The Mavericks expected to contend for a playoff spot this season but instead find themselves with the worst record in the Western Conference after the latest slide reached two straight with a 120-89 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. "This was a very, very disappointing performance," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. "It starts with me. I've got to do a better job getting these guys ready to play, getting them ready to compete. The second half was inexcusable: The way we played, just the way we performed all around -- everything from how we competed, decision-making." The Pacers know all about inexcusable performances after a 142-106 loss in Golden State on Monday, but they managed to bounce back with a 109-94 triumph at Phoenix on Wednesday. Indiana owns a 2-2 mark on the five-game trip and allowed an average of 136.5 points in the two losses while holding opponents to 98 in the two wins.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FSN Indiana, FSN Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE PACERS (11-11): Indiana star Paul George enjoyed his best game since recovering from an ankle injury on Wednesday, when he collected 25 points and 13 rebounds. "I thought we just played basketball down the stretch," George told reporters. "We didn’t really call much. We figured out what was working. I was able to get good position and find guys and create for myself. I thought that last final stretch, we buckled down defensively and offensively, we just played basketball." Two of George's three double-doubles on the season came in the last two games.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (4-17): Dallas held a team meeting after Wednesday's loss and is searching for answers beyond the injury problems that were blamed at first. The starting frontcourt of center Andrew Bogut (knee) and power forward Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) sat out the loss along with sixth man J.J. Barea (calf). "It was disservice to us as teammates, it was a disservice to the coaching staff who put in work and it was a disservice to the fans that came here tonight," Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes told reporters.


1. Mavericks SG Wesley Matthews is 15-of-26 from 3-point range in the last three games.

2. Pacers C Myles Turner went 3-of-4 from 3-point range on Wednesday after totaling six made 3-pointers in the first 21 contests.

3. Dallas' highest scoring game of the season came in a 130-121 overtime loss at Indiana on opening night.

PREDICTION: Pacers 109, Mavericks 96

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Indiana 11-11 W1 8-4 3-7 0-0 11-11 2-2 5-7
Dallas 4-17 L2 3-7 1-10 0-0 4-17 1-5 2-10

Last Meeting

Indiana Dallas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/26/16 DAL 121 IND 130 130 52 50.5 121 49 43.3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
IND M. Turner 30 68.4 3
DAL D. Williams 25 55.6 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
IND M. Turner 16 6 10
DAL H. Barnes 9 3 6
Assists Player  
IND J. Teague 8
DAL D. Williams 7
Points Player Total FG% FTM
IND J. Teague 415 42.1 112
DAL H. Barnes 476 42.7 77
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
IND M. Turner 179 40 139
DAL A. Bogut 204 54 150
Assists Player  
IND J. Teague 176
DAL D. Williams 99

Quickchart Matchup

Indiana  Off vs  Dallas Def
104.5 Points For
100.4 Points Against
45.5 FG%
46.6 FG%
42.5 Reb
44.9 Reb
Dallas Off vs  Indiana Def
92.1 Points For
107.3 Points Against
41.2 FG%
45.0 FG%
44.9 Reb
47.1 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Indiana Overall Dallas
11-11 W/L 4-17
9-13-0 ATS 8-13-0
12-10-0 O/U 9-11-1
104.5 Pts For 92.1
107.3 Pts Against 100.4
Indiana A/H Dallas
3-7 W/L 3-7
3-7-0 ATS 4-6-0
8-2-0 O/U 3-6-1
105.7 Pts For 92.2
115.7 Pts Against 97.6