NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Dallas 26 27 35 34 122
Atlanta 22 34 27 33 116
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , February 3, 2021
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 1,259

Mavericks bring six-game losing streak into Atlanta

According to STATS
According to STATS

Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

  1. The Hawks have won seven straight home games against Dallas, most recently a 111-107 victory in February 2020. The seven-game run is Atlanta's longest active home winning streak against any team and the Mavericks' second-longest active road losing streak (nine straight losses at Utah).
  2. The Mavericks have lost six straight games following consecutive defeats against Phoenix on Saturday and Monday. Dallas has had just one longer losing streak over the last four years, dropping seven in a row in March 2019.
  3. Josh Richardson scored a season-high 24 points on Monday after three consecutive single-digit scoring games. He scored 21 points in his previous three games combined, matching the fewest he's scored over any three-start span in the last three seasons.
  4. The Hawks, who lead the NBA averaging 23.6 free-throw attempts per game, shot just 14-for-17 from the foul line in their 107-99 loss to the Lakers on Monday. Atlanta is 9-4 when attempting 25 foul shots in a game this season and 1-6 when not.
  5. John Collins has shot an NBA-best 58.8 percent from mid-range this season (min. 15 FGA) while Josh Richardson is third, making 57.9 percent of his mid-range shots.
  6. Only James Harden (106) has assisted on as many field goals in the paint this season as Trae Young (106) and Luka Doncic (102). Young has set up 49 dunks, most in the NBA while Doncic is third, having assisted on 39 dunks.

The Dallas Mavericks will attempt to end a frustrating six-game losing streak on Wednesday night when they visit the Atlanta Hawks.

The Mavericks are coming off a 109-108 loss to Phoenix on Monday, a game decided by Devin Booker's 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left.

The Hawks, who have won five of their last eight games, went toe-to-toe with the world champion Los Angeles Lakers on Monday before faltering in the final two minutes and losing 107-99.

Dallas has its full complement of players on the roster again after the return of Maxi Kleber, who had missed 11 games in health and safety protocols. He produced two points and six rebounds in 18 minutes on Monday. Kleber and Kristaps Porzingis were both in the starting lineup for the first time this season, as the Mavs used their 12th different starting combination this season.

It is uncertain whether Porzingis will be available for the Atlanta game as he continues to work his way back from an October knee surgery. He was withheld from the lineup Saturday and returned to play 34 minutes on Monday, when he tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"Let me be clear, he wants to play in all of these games," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "It really bothers him."

Josh Richardson scored a season-high 24 points against the Suns on Monday. It was his first time in double figures since Jan. 7, before he missed nine games due to health and safety protocols.

The Hawks were missing No. 2 scorer De'Andre Hunter, who was out after having a non-surgical procedure on his right knee on Sunday. He was replaced in the starting five by Cam Reddish, who played a solid defensive game against LeBron James. Atlanta is also missing reserve center Onyeka Okongwu with left Achilles soreness.

Although the Hawks lost to the Lakers, they continue to hold their own against the league's top teams, an indication of a potential breakthrough. Atlanta is sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. But the Atlanta players don't want to think in terms of a moral victory.

"Just me as a competitor, if you lose, you lose," Trae Young said. "Obviously, I know who we're going up against and I felt like we had a chance to win that game."

As usual, the meeting between the two teams will be another opportunity to compare Young with Dallas' Luka Doncic. The Hawks originally drafted Doncic with the third overall pick in the 2018 draft, but immediately traded him away for Young, the No. 5 pick, and a first-round pick for 2019. Doncic and Young were both voted as starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Doncic is averaging 27.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 9.4 assists. In two career games against the Hawks, Doncic has averaged 22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Young is averaging 26.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 9.0 assists. In four career games against the Mavericks, Young has averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists.

Atlanta has won 11 of the last 13 meetings in the series against Dallas. They split the two games last season, with each team winning on their home court.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 2, 2021

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