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National Basketball Association
Preview
Utah at Dallas
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Making the visit to Dallas has long been troublesome for Utah, and the Jazz aim to halt a 10-game skid when they play the Mavericks on Tuesday. Utah hasn't left Dallas victorious since posting a 111-93 win on Jan. 9, 2010.

The Jazz arrive with plenty of momentum as they have won a season-high six consecutive games after beginning a four-game road trip with a 98-89 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. "I am going to let myself feel good about winning six in a row," Jazz coach Quinn Snyder told reporters. "I want us to be consistent. (Saturday's) game was what a microcosm of the season can look like where you play well real and then you don't play so good. We have been playing well or better." Dallas halted a three-game losing streak with a 114-110 overtime road win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday and the victory came one night after the club was shellacked by the San Antonio Spurs. "It was a lousy way to show for our team," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters of the Spurs' game. "You don't want to go through that. (Against Memphis) we had to show character."

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

ABOUT THE JAZZ (25-25): Utah has reached the .500 mark for the first since time since being 10-10 on Dec. 9 and didn't let injuries to players such as center Rudy Gobert, power forward Derrick Favors and guard Alec Burks (still out with a leg injury) knock it off track. "It just shows our fight," reserve forward Trevor Booker told reporters. "We're not going to give up. That's been the motto of our team all year. We might lose games but we're going to lay it all out there, and that's what we've been doing." The Jazz have been battling Portland for eighth place in the Western Conference but suddenly find themselves only a half-game back of the seventh-place Houston Rockets.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (29-25): Forward Dirk Nowitzki was among the concerned players after the 116-90 loss to the Spurs and he felt there was healthy discussion in terms of moving forward. "We just talked about competing," Nowitzki told reporters. "Sometimes when our offense isn't going, we're letting down on the defensive end. And we’re just not good enough. We're not good enough if we don't defend, so we've got to just play for each other at the defensive end." Nowitzki scored 18 points against the Grizzlies and has reached 20 just once in his last eight games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Mavericks have won nine of the past 10 meetings.

2. Utah SG Rodney Hood is averaging 24 points over the past two games and has topped 20 points in five of the past seven games.

3. Dallas C Zaza Pachulia has a career-high 22 double-doubles but is averaging just four points and four rebounds over the past two games.

PREDICTION: Mavericks 100, Jazz 97
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Utah 25-25 W6 17-10 8-15 0-1 25-24 5-6 13-17
Dallas 29-25 W1 15-10 14-15 1-1 28-24 5-8 19-14
Last Meeting
Utah Dallas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/20/15 UTA 93 DAL 102 93 48 43.8 102 34 47.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 22 57.1 4
Dallas D. Williams 23 53.8 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 12 5 7
Dallas Z. Pachulia 12 4 8
Assists Player  
Utah G. Hayward 4
Dallas D. Williams 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 1070 43.5 266
Dallas D. Nowitzki 881 44.7 161
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 352 100 252
Dallas Z. Pachulia 566 192 374
Assists Player  
Utah G. Hayward 193
Dallas D. Williams 246
Quickchart Matchup
Utah Off vs  Dallas Defense
97.4 Points For
101.3 Points Against
44.3 FG%
44.9 FG%
42.6 Reb
46.0 Reb
Dallas Off vs  Utah Defense
100.5 Points For
95.9 Points Against
43.8 FG%
44.5 FG%
46.0 Reb
40.4 Reb