April 4, 2014 — 7:30 PM (PST)
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: TWC SportsNet / TWC SportsNet Deportes
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)
The Los Angeles Lakers return home tonight to face off vs. a Dallas Mavericks team who had a very impressive victory vs. Clippers last night in their first of two games at Staples Center.
PF Dirk Nowitzki has regained his old form after having a very poor season last year. Nowitzki, who has averaged 21.6 PPG, and 6.2 RPG, led the Mavericks last night by scoring 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to gain a crucial victory to stay alive in the playoff chase.
With PG Jose Calderon, SG Monta Ellis, and SG Vince Carter having the ability to drive to the basket and create their own shots, the Lakers have to make sure they stayed focused on the defensive end.
Meanwhile, the Lakers seem to always be short handed throughout the entire season. As this season winds down, more players will be sidelined.
C Pau Gasol and G Xavier Henry might be sidelined for the rest of this season due to Vertigo illness and a fractured wrist respectively.
Without Gasol available, C Chris Kaman and PF Jordan Hill will be counted on to fill in Gasol’s minutes.
Whenever PG Steve Nash cannot play due to his nerve issues, G Marshon Brooks might finally get some playing time at the point guard position since PG Kendall Marshall will be the only healthy point guard moving forward.
PG – Jose Calderon / Kendall Marshall [Advantage: Mavericks]
SG – Monta Ellis / Jodie Meeks [Advantage: Mavericks]
SF – Shawn Marion / Kent Bazemore [Advantage: Mavericks]
PF – Dirk Nowitzki / Jordan Hill [Advantage: Mavericks]
C – Samuel Dalembert / Chris Kaman [Advantage: Lakers]
Notable Bench Players
Mavericks: G Vince Carter, F Brandon Wright, F Jae Crowder, PG Devin Harris
Lakers: F Nick Young, C Robert Sacre, F Ryan Kelly, PG Steve Nash, F Wesley Johnson
Bench Advantage: Lakers
Mavericks: Out-G Gal Mekel
Lakers: Out-G Kobe Bryant, Probable-PG Steve Nash, Out-G Xavier Henry, Out-PG Jordan Farmar , Out-C Pau Gasol
The Lakers can play inspired basketball tonight knowing that they can spoil the chances of one of their Western Conference foes from making the playoffs. However, they are outmatched talent-wise, so they have got to play very well on both ends of the floor, especially shooting the ball well and boxing out their players to grab rebounds.