National Basketball Association
New Orleans at Dallas
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Both New Orleans and Dallas will miss the playoffs but the host Mavericks have a little more to play for in the season finale for both teams. Dallas can still extend its streak of non-losing seasons to 13 with a victory. The last time the Mavericks finished under .500 was in the 1999-2000 season they were 40-42. Owner Mark Cuban bought the franchise in January of that season.
The road team has won all three of the previous meetings this season, including a 107-89 victory by Dallas at New Orleans on Sunday. The Hornets have not played since then while the Mavericks dropped a 103-97 decision to Memphis at home on Monday. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who rarely criticizes his players in public, ripped guard O.J. Mayo after his four-turnover, two-point performance. "He wasn't into it in the first half," Carlisle said. "We showed him some film at halftime where he was virtually just standing around defensively. We said, 'Hey, we need you,' tried to get him going a little bit. He just had a bad night; I guess I will write it off to that."TV:
8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports New Orleans, KTXA (Dallas)ABOUT NEW ORLEANS (27-54):
The 'buzz' is that this will be the final game for the Hornets. New Orleans will change its name to the Pelicans next season. Coach Monty Williams told nola.com that he is using the back-to-back games with Dallas as an opponent to experiment with some unusual rotational combinations." That includes a three-guard lineup with Eric Gordon at the three and forward Ryan Anderson at the five. The Hornets, who lost starting power forward and No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis for the season on April 10 with a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise in his left knee, have dropped four in a row and six of their last seven.ABOUT DALLAS (40-41):
With a chance to finish at .500, look for an inspired effort from the Mavericks, especially after Monday's clunker against Memphis. "We had some guys that didn't show, literally, and just didn't compete for us the way we needed them to compete," Carlisle said. One Maverick who did show up was 36-year-old Vince Carter, who scored 22 points off the bench and passed Clyde Drexler for 27th place on the league's all-time scoring list in the process. Carter has 22,214 career points. Forward Dirk Nowitzki, who became 17th member of the NBA's 25,000 point club in Sunday's win at New Orleans, had 26 points in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.BUZZER BEATERS
1. New Orleans PG Greivis Vasquez, a candidate for the NBA's Most Improved player award, has set the franchise's single-season record for most turnovers in a season with 247.
2. Mayo signed a two-year contract last summer but according to dallasnews.com, he has a clause that would enable him to opt out after this season. He would earn $4.2 million next season if he decides to stay with the Mavericks.
3. Dallas is 9-3 when Carter score 20 or more points.PREDICTION:
Dallas 105, New Orleans 87
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