Apr 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) has the ball knocked away by Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) during the fourth quarter at the American Airlines Center. The Trailblazers defeated the Mavericks 99-97 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Dallas starts a four-game road trip in Portland, where they'll miss facing Mavs-killer LaMarcus Aldridge.
LaMarcus Aldridge, a Dallas native and University of Texas product, has been a nightmare for his home-town team the last two years, but Dallas catches a break Friday in Portland, as the big man (averaging 28.2 points a game vs. Dallas) is lost for the year due to hip surgery.
The Mavs have a slim half-game lead over Denver and Houston in the playoff race, but hit the road for a four game run, first stopping in Portland, where they haven't played since winning Game 6 of the playoffs' first round last year, when Dirk Nowitzki put up 33 points and 11 rebounds.
Game Date / Time: Friday, April 13, 9:30 p.m. CT
Location: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Radio: 103.3 FM Dallas
Streaming: ESPN 3
Line: Mavs (-2)