Preview: Mavs host Thunder in final game before All-Star break

PREVIEW

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (14-20) AT MAVERICKS (17-16)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN 103.3 FM; Univision 1270 AM (Spanish)

About the Mavericks: This is the final game the Mavs will play before they pause for Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. After the All-Star break, the Mavs will open play with a back-to-backer on March 10 at home against the San Antonio Spurs and on March 11 at the Oklahoma City Thunder. . . The Mavs are easily experiencing their best time of the season. Since falling to 8-13 on Feb. 1 following a 109-108 home loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Mavs have erupted to win nine of their last 12 games (and eight of their last 10). . .The Mavs are 8-8 at home, but are 6-1 in their last seven games at American Airlines Center. . .Over the last 10 games, reserve guard Jalen Brunson has been a major player with averages of 14.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 3.2 apg while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3-point range. Also, Brunson scored 24 points, snatched six rebounds and distributed three assists in 29 minutes during Monday’s 130-124 victory over the Orlando Magic. . .Point guard Luka Doncic will be headed to his second straight All-Star game – and he’ll be starting for the second straight time – on Sunday in Atlanta. Doncic also will be a participant in…

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