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National Basketball Association
Preview
Utah at Dallas
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Chandler Parsons hopes his second game as a member of Dallas goes much better than his first when the Mavericks host the Utah Jazz on Thursday. Parsons was signed to a three-year, $46 million free-agent deal in the offseason but suffered through a 2-of-10 shooting performance and scored only five points in Dallas’ season-opening loss to the San Antonio Spurs. “It sucks to play like that on the first game but it’s only one of 82 games,” Parsons told reporters.

Utah opened its season by falling 104-93 to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in the debut of coach Quin Snyder. The new leader is looking for continual improvement from a young roster but certainly didn’t see enough to be happy about in his first game. “It’s hard anytime to describe a loss as a step forward,” Snyder told reporters. “Whether it’s a step back or we’re in the same place, hopefully we can use it to move forward and take some things from it.”

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

ABOUT THE JAZZ (0-1): Swingman Gordon Hayward didn’t fare so well in his first game since landing a four-year, $63 million contract. Hayward had just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting though he did contribute seven assists. Guard Alec Burks scored a team-high 18 points while post player Derrick Favors played well with 16 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (0-1): Dallas added guard J.J. Barea after he cleared waivers on Wednesday, two days after Barea finalized a buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Barea previously spent five seasons with the Mavericks and was a key member of the franchise’s NBA title team of 2011. The signing of Barea – who can play the point or shooting guard – deepens a backcourt that includes Monta Ellis, Jameer Nelson, Raymond Felton and Devin Harris.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Dallas went 4-0 against the Jazz last season and has won the past five meetings.

2. Utah was just 3-of-18 from 3-point range in its opener with Burks (one) being the lone starter to make one.

3. Felton (ankle) will miss his second straight game and will likely miss at least another week.

PREDICTION: Mavericks 107, Jazz 97
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Utah 0-1 L2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1
Dallas 0-1 L1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1
Last Meeting
Utah Dallas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/8/14 DAL 95 UTA 83 83 47 41.4 95 36 55.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah D. Favors 19 61.5 3
Dallas D. Nowitzki 21 81.8 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah E. Kanter 19 9 10
Dallas S. Dalembert 6 1 5
Assists Player  
Utah T. Burke 5
Dallas D. Harris 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 127 48.2 36
Dallas C. Parsons 93 43.2 19
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 75 16 59
Dallas A. Aminu 54 14 40
Assists Player  
Utah T. Burke 42
Dallas D. Harris 33
Quickchart Matchup
Utah Off vs  Dallas Defense
93.0 Points For
101.0 Points Against
46.9 FG%
52.9 FG%
34.0 Reb
38.0 Reb
Dallas Off vs  Utah Defense
100.0 Points For
104.0 Points Against
48.7 FG%
51.9 FG%
38.0 Reb
35.0 Reb