In their last meeting, the Mavs closed strong to beat the Pacers in the first of four Oladipo-free games at the end of December. It was also the second game of season-worst five-game losing streak which left the Pacers with a .500 record. Since losing those five games, the Pacers have gone 15-6 and have a chance to improve their road record to .500 while keeping pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
As for the Mavs, they are going in the opposite direction. The win over the Pacers was part of four consecutive wins to close out December. However, since the calendar new year, the Mavs are 5-17 while keeping pace in the tight tanking standings among the bottom dwellers in the NBA. Mark Cuban was fined for admitting his preference for tanking at this point, but it is hard to imagine that will alter the team's approach on the court.
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Pacers (34-25) at Mavericks (18-42) - 8:30 PM EDT at American Airlines Center
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner(C)
Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. (PG), J.J. Berea (SG), Wesley Matthews (SF), Harrison Barnes (PF), Dirk Nowitzki(C)