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Denver at Dallas
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

The Denver Nuggets looked like they would keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday while leading most of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder before a last-second 3-pointer eliminated them from contention. The Nuggets will begin playing out the string when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Denver went into Sunday 1 1/2 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers and needing a win to keep its playoff hopes alive, but a double-digit lead fell away as Russell Westbrook took control before burying the back-breaking 3-pointer. "I don’t know what to say," Nuggets center Nikola Jokic told reporters. "He hit a crazy shot. Jamal (Murray) was right there and he hit the shot. That’s what an MVP does." The Mavericks fell out of the race for a playoff spot last month and are losers of four straight and eight of their last nine games. Dallas will give its fan something to cheer about before the game, when former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to become "a Maverick for a day."

TV:
8:30 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), FSN Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (38-42): Denver dropped five of its last eight games to open the door for Portland and will sit out the playoffs for the fourth straight season but does have some room for optimism about the future. Jokic emerged as a star and averaged 19.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists after Jan. 1 to put himself at the top of the list of candidates for the Most Improved Player Award. Jokic (age 22), shooting guards Gary Harris (22) and Jamal Murray (20) and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (21) give the Nuggets a solid young core around which to build.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (32-48): Romo will sit on the bench in uniform for the game according to an ESPN.com report, though it might be better if Dallas brought in a few of the Cowboys defenders instead. The Mavericks allowed the lowly Phoenix Suns to shoot 55 percent from the field in a 124-111 loss on Sunday and are surrendering an average of 109 points during the four-game slide. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is opening up the rotation over the final handful of games to get extended looks at seldom-used rookies A.J. Hammons, Nicolas Brussino and Jarrod Uthoff.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Mavericks shut SG Seth Curry (shoulder) down for the rest of the season.

2. Denver SF Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 34 points on Sunday.

3. The Nuggets took the two meetings in Denver but dropped a 112-92 decision in Dallas on Dec. 12.

PREDICTION: Nuggets 112, Mavericks 96
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Denver 38-42 L1 22-19 16-23 2-2 36-40 5-10 22-28
Dallas 32-48 L4 21-19 10-29 5-1 27-47 4-11 18-32
Last Meeting
Denver Dallas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/6/17 DAL 87 DEN 110 110 49 50.0 87 29 43.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Denver W. Barton 31 66.7 2
Dallas S. Curry 15 40.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Denver W. Chandler 10 0 10
Dallas W. Matthews 7 0 7
Assists Player  
Denver N. Jokic 9
Dallas W. Matthews 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Denver N. Jokic 1258 57.2 190
Dallas H. Barnes 1566 45.9 255
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Denver N. Jokic 744 222 522
Dallas H. Barnes 420 100 320
Assists Player  
Denver J. Nelson 406
Dallas W. Matthews 215
Quickchart Matchup
Denver Denver Off vs  Dallas Dallas Defense
Denver Off vs Dallas - Points For 111.8 Points For
Denver Off vs Dallas - Points Against 100.8 Points Against
Denver - FG% 46.9 FG%
Dallas - FG% 47.0 FG%
Denver - Reb 46.3 Reb
Dallas - Reb 44.4 Reb
Dallas Dallas Off vs  Denver Denver Defense
Dallas Off vs Denver - Points For 98.0 Points For
Dallas Off vs Denver - Points Against 111.5 Points Against
Dallas - FG% 44.0 FG%
Denver - FG% 47.8 FG%
Dallas - Reb 38.6 Reb
Denver - Reb 40.7 Reb