Andrea Bargnani is off to a very slow start. His scoring has gone 16, 13, 10, 16. Perhaps a trip to Dallas can get him going as AB went off for 30 in a game at Dallas last season.
Bargs shoots 42% from downtown in his career vs the Mavs.
Kyle Lowry will be a game-time decision as his ankle is gimpy. Lowry has been a bright spot for the 1-3 Raps. He leads the team in points, assists, rebounds, and steals. (Update as of 1:30pm…Raps announcing that Lowry is OUT for tonight’s tilt).
Dirk Nowitzki will miss this game as he remains sidelined. That is a nice bonus for the Raps as Disco Dirk averages 24 points and 8 rebounds vs the T-Dot.
New Mavs PG Darren Collison averages 10 points and 5 assists vs the Raptors.
Elton Brand has played against the Raps 30 times in his career (all starts). He averages 19 points and 9 boards vs the Raps. (Update as of 1:30pm the Mavs have annbounced that Brand is OUT for tonihgt as his son was just born)
Ex-Rap Vince Carter has played against the Raps 25 times. He averages 21 points and 6 rebounds. Carter comes off the bench for this Mavs team and is currently giving them a dozen points per game.
O.J. Mayo and Collison have made 22 of their combined 32 shots from downtown in 2012. That is 69% from 3-ball range for the starting back-court. That is absolute fire.
In game #4 we saw Jonas Valanciunas play well in a blowout loss to the OKC Thunder. Valanciunas has a NBA-ready free-throw stroke and he went 6 for 6 from the charity stripe (those were his first free-throws of his NBA career).
DeMar DeRozan averages just 11 points per game vs the Mavs (one of his lowest vs any team).
Brandon Wright is giving the Mavs a dozen points per game. He is shooting an eye-popping 79% from the field.
Despite their 1-3 record the Raps are one of the top teams for creating turnovers, and also a top team for not yielding turnovers. Lowry is a massive part of that so we hope he can play tonight.
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