January 29, 2012 – By Scott
The most important of these injury issues occurred to their leader Dirk Nowitzki who has missed the last four games due to a sore right knee. In their 116-101 win over Utah on Friday, they were also without Delonte West who had a strained right hamstring.
To add to these two, Jason Kidd has a strained right calf he suffered in the first quarter on Friday, this coming after returning from a four-game absence of his own with a lower back injury.
Next up for the defending champions are the San Antonio Spurs who visit American Airlines Arena on Sunday at 6:30 pm ET. West is expected to play. However, Kidd and Nowitzki’s status are still questionable for the game.
If they are out of the lineup, one positive for the Mavs (12-8) is they are 8-3 at home. On the flip side, the Spurs have not played well on the road at all and have an away record of 2-7. They continued to struggle on the road with their most recent 87-79 loss at Minnesota on Friday.
“If we’re on the road and we hold somebody to 87 points, I think we have a good chance,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “I felt good about that. But like many NBA games, the last four or five minutes, whoever scores wins.”
San Antonio (12-8) was outscored 10-0 over the final 3 minutes of the contest. Their low offensive performance was very uncharacteristic based on the fact that they are 5th in the NBA averaging 98.5 points per game.
Tony Parker leads the team with scoring getting 17.7 per game. In his last four games, he has averaged 22.3 points while shooting almost 50 percent from the field. Not to mention he has 10 assists per game during this span but will need some help in order to help turn his team’s road woes around.
NBA Basketball Betting Lines have labeled Dallas as 5 1/2-point home favorites. The OVER/UNDER in points is set at 183.