After a strong 98-89 home victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks will try to complete a stretch of three games in four days with their third consecutive win, and get themselves back to .500 for the first time all season, in a road game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Mavericks long-time Southwest Division rivals have started off the season 4-0 at home, but they just lost All-Star SG Manu Ginobili to a broken hand for the next 6-8 weeks.
Without him in the line-up, San Antonio got more scoring from PG Tony Parker as well as a balanced effort from their bench in a 101-95 home victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
For Dallas, Tim Duncan will be the first legitimate low-post threat they have faced all season, which might mean greater playing time for starting C Brendan Haywood, who has struggled against more athletic up-tempo line-ups this season.
The Spurs, meanwhile, start the 6'7 Dejuan Blair next to Duncan on the interior, which could mean a big game for Dirk Nowitzki, as his ability to shoot from the perimeter at 7'0 has long tormented San Antonio.
The 7:30 PM game will be carried regionally on Fox Sports Southwest.