Doncic leads Dallas against Memphis after 41-point performance

Memphis Grizzlies (4-13, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (11-6, third in the Western Conference)

Dallas; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Dallas faces the Memphis Grizzlies after Luka Doncic scored 41 points in the Dallas Mavericks' 121-115 victory over the Houston Rockets.

The Mavericks are 4-1 against opponents in the Southwest Division. Dallas scores 119.5 points and has outscored opponents by 1.4 points per game.

The Grizzlies are 1-3 against Southwest Division opponents. Memphis is 2-8 when it turns the ball over less than its opponents and averages 13.5 turnovers per game.

The 119.5 points per game the Mavericks score are 6.8 more points than the Grizzlies allow (112.7). The Grizzlies' 42.6% shooting percentage from the field this season is 6.7 percentage points lower than the Mavericks have given up to their opponents (49.3%).

The two teams play for the second time this season. The Mavericks defeated the Grizzlies 125-110 in their last matchup on Oct. 31. Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points, and Desmond Bane led the Grizzlies with 30 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Doncic is averaging 31.1 points, eight rebounds and 7.9 assists for the Mavericks. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 3.3 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Dallas.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is scoring 19.5 points per game and averaging 6.1 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Bane is averaging 3.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Memphis.

LAST 10 GAMES: Mavericks: 5-5, averaging 118.7 points, 42.4 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 5.3 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.9 points per game.

Grizzlies: 3-7, averaging 103.7 points, 40.3 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 6.6 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 41.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.1 points.

INJURIES: Mavericks: Maxi Kleber: out (toe).

Grizzlies: Jake LaRavia: out (eye), Xavier Tillman Sr.: out (knee), Marcus Smart: out (ankle), Brandon Clarke: out (achilles), Steven Adams: out for season (knee), Luke Kennard: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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