Dallas Mavericks (43-31, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (33-39, 10th in the Western Conference)
Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Thursday, 4 p.m. EDT - NBA HUB
Devin Booker and Luka Doncic meet when Phoenix squares off against Dallas. Booker is 10th in the NBA averaging 26.1 points per game and Doncic is sixth in the league averaging 28.7 points per game.
The Suns are 18-27 against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix is eighth in the Western Conference at limiting opponent scoring, allowing only 113.6 points while holding opponents to 47.3% shooting.
The Mavericks are 27-19 against conference opponents. Dallas is second in the Western Conference with 36.4 defensive rebounds per game led by Doncic averaging 8.2.
The Suns won the last meeting between these two teams 117-115 on Aug. 2. Booker scored 30 points to help lead Phoenix to the victory.
Ricky Rubio leads the Suns with 8.7 assists, and scores 13.1 points per game. Booker is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers and 30.5 points over the last 10 games for Phoenix.
Doncic leads the Mavericks averaging 29 assists and collecting 9.5 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.1 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 33.3% over the last 10 games for Dallas.
LAST 10 GAMES
Suns: 9-1, averaging 122.2 points, 46.9 rebounds, 27.2 assists, 6.4 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114 points on 47.1% shooting.
Mavericks: 4-6, averaging 120.9 points, 46.3 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 6.2 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.4 points on 48.5% shooting.
Suns: Aron Baynes: out (knee), Elie Okobo: out (ankle), Kelly Oubre Jr.: out (knee).
Mavericks: Dwight Powell: out for season (achilles), Seth Curry: out (leg), Courtney Lee: out (calf).