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Pacers vs. Mavericks: Game thread, lineups, TV info and more

The Pacers wrap up a three-game road trip with a shot at avenging an earlier loss when they face the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.

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2013-14 NBA Regular Season


March 9, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. ET
American Airlines Center- Dallas, TX
TV: FOX Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan
Probable Starters
George Hill PG Jose Calderon
Lance Stephenson SG Monta Ellis
Paul George SF Shawn Marion
David West PF Dirk Nowitzki
Roy Hibbert C Samuel Dalembert

The Pacers try to regroup and finish their road trip on a positive note when they dig in for another challenge against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavs exposed the early signs of the current problems plaguing the Pacers when they won an outright clunker of a game, 81-73 at the Fieldhouse. Following the game the Pacers took the blame for their horrific offensive output while pointing toward their defense as doing enough to win, while their offense was apparently already off for the All-Star break.

But the Mavs remain in the playoff picture in the West thanks to their veteran coaching and players and their ability to make opponents beat them. For the most part, Dallas has struggled with strong teams and beaten those they should on the schedule. But as the Pacers found out, if a better team doesn't play like it, the Mavs will take advantage.

That makes this game a perfect opportunity for the Pacers to put all of those words of angst and frustration after the Houston game into action. They have to be on point and control the style of play to give themselves a chance to win in the end.

Here are a few links of interest with a couple of great reports from Candace Buckner and Brian Windhorst on the Pacers reaction to their loss in Houston.

Game Preview: Pacers at Mavericks | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Access with the Pacers: Let's talk about it - Indy Star

NBA: Indiana Pacers growing frustrated during first slump of season - ESPN

For more on the Mavericks, check out Mavs Moneyball. Also, leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.