The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trailblazers always do a good job of mixing it up and bringing the best out of each other. Those teams face each other Friday night as Dallas attempts to push its way into the top half of the Western Conference playoff picture down the stretch of the regular season.
Portland has very little fight in it this season, sitting at 11th-place in the conference standings with a 26-29 record. The Trailblazers just sort of win every other game and don't have as much to play for as the Mavericks clearly do.
Delonte West will continue to fill in for Jason Kidd in the starting lineup, since the veteran is still suffering with a sore groin. The Mavs are coming off a 95-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers by 19 points on Monday.
Here is a look at the game schedule for Friday night's matchup between the Mavs and Blazers:
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT.
Location: American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
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