Preview: Denver At Dallas

When: 8:30 PM  ET, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Matchup Edge
DEN Edge in: DAL
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The Denver Nuggets looked like they would keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday while leading most of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder before a last-second 3-pointer eliminated them from contention. The Nuggets will begin playing out the string when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Denver went into Sunday 1 1/2 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers and needing a win to keep its playoff hopes alive, but a double-digit lead fell away as Russell Westbrook took control before burying the back-breaking 3-pointer. "I don’t know what to say," Nuggets center Nikola Jokic told reporters. "He hit a crazy shot. Jamal (Murray) was right there and he hit the shot. That’s what an MVP does." The Mavericks fell out of the race for a playoff spot last month and are losers of four straight and eight of their last nine games. Dallas will give its fan something to cheer about before the game, when former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to become "a Maverick for a day."

8:30 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), FSN Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (38-42): Denver dropped five of its last eight games to open the door for Portland and will sit out the playoffs for the fourth straight season but does have some room for optimism about the future. Jokic emerged as a star and averaged 19.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists after Jan. 1 to put himself at the top of the list of candidates for the Most Improved Player Award. Jokic (age 22), shooting guards Gary Harris (22) and Jamal Murray (20) and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (21) give the Nuggets a solid young core around which to build.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (32-48): Romo will sit on the bench in uniform for the game according to an report, though it might be better if Dallas brought in a few of the Cowboys defenders instead. The Mavericks allowed the lowly Phoenix Suns to shoot 55 percent from the field in a 124-111 loss on Sunday and are surrendering an average of 109 points during the four-game slide. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is opening up the rotation over the final handful of games to get extended looks at seldom-used rookies A.J. Hammons, Nicolas Brussino and Jarrod Uthoff.


1. The Mavericks shut SG Seth Curry (shoulder) down for the rest of the season.

2. Denver SF Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 34 points on Sunday.

3. The Nuggets took the two meetings in Denver but dropped a 112-92 decision in Dallas on Dec. 12.

PREDICTION: Nuggets 112, Mavericks 96

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Denver 38-42 L1 22-19 16-23 2-2 36-40 5-10 22-28
Dallas 32-48 L4 21-19 10-29 5-1 27-47 4-11 18-32

Last Meeting

Denver Dallas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/6/17 DAL 87 DEN 110 110 49 50.0 87 29 43.0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN W. Barton 31 66.7 2
DAL S. Curry 15 40.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN W. Chandler 10 0 10
DAL W. Matthews 7 0 7
Assists Player  
DEN N. Jokic 9
DAL W. Matthews 8
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DEN N. Jokic 1258 57.2 190
DAL H. Barnes 1566 45.9 255
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DEN N. Jokic 744 222 522
DAL H. Barnes 420 100 320
Assists Player  
DEN J. Nelson 406
DAL W. Matthews 215

Quickchart Matchup

Denver  Off vs  Dallas Def
111.8 Points For
100.8 Points Against
46.9 FG%
47.0 FG%
46.3 Reb
44.4 Reb
Dallas Off vs  Denver Def
98.0 Points For
111.5 Points Against
44.0 FG%
47.8 FG%
44.4 Reb
40.7 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Denver Overall Dallas
38-42 W/L 32-48
44-36-0 ATS 42-37-1
50-29-1 O/U 33-45-2
111.8 Pts For 98.0
111.5 Pts Against 100.8
Denver A/H Dallas
16-23 W/L 21-19
22-17-0 ATS 24-16-0
26-13-0 O/U 14-24-2
109.5 Pts For 99.6
112.4 Pts Against 97.6
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