The Mavericks begin a brutal stretch of seven games in ten days when travel to Memphis to face Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Memphis, despite losing Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur to injury for most of the season, has hung tough in the Western Conference playoff race, sitting at No. 7 with a 19-15 record and a +1.3 point differential.
Marc Gasol has stepped up in the absence of their power forwards, making his first career All-Star Game while averaging 15.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 49.3% shooting. Dallas will need a big game from Brendan Haywood defensively after their veteran center let Nets big man Brook Lopez roast him to the tune of 38 points on Tuesday.
On the other side of the ball, the Grizzlies feature Tony Allen, one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, but he may not be as effective against Dallas, who runs most of their offense through Dirk in the low-post.
They are coming off an impressive 89-76 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.
The Mavericks are not expected to have Lamar Odom in the line-up again, which will put a lot of pressure on Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beaubois to create offense off the bench and match the production of Grizzlies G OJ Mayo.
The 7:00 PM game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports Southwest.